Tuesday 22 May 2018

Botanist discussing Baby Groot’s biology takes Twitter by storm

Biology plus Guardians Of The Galaxy equals sensational stuff.

Actor Vin Diesel at a Guardians Of The Galaxy premiere, and a stock image of a scientist (Ian West/PA, Pablo_K/Getty Images)
Actor Vin Diesel at a Guardians Of The Galaxy premiere, and a stock image of a scientist (Ian West/PA, Pablo_K/Getty Images)

By Max McLean, Press Association

If you’ve not seen either of the Guardians Of The Galaxy films, the following Twitter thread contains spoilers, but also a lot of excellent film-based biology too.

James Wong is a Kew-trained botanist, science writer and broadcaster, and his thoughts on a character from Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 are taking social media by storm.

Baby Groot is indeed a cutting of original character Groot, a tree-like creature from the first of the two Guardians films who dies protecting other characters.

Director of both films James Gunn has said on Twitter that Baby Groot is Groot’s son, but does that stand up to a botanist’s scrutiny?

Wong begins by explaining that Baby Groot is a genetic clone of Groot, before suggesting an alternative theory.

And if Baby Groot is a cutting, it sounds as though it may well have retained some of Groot’s original memories.

Of course, it’s just a theory.

Prepare yourself for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3: Gardeners’ World.

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