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"Henry Wu was an only child from Ohio. A prodigy, he gained early attention from his undergraduate thesis at MIT."
John Hammond(src)


Dr. Henry Wu is the geneticist that recreates the dinosaurs in all Jurassic Park media. He is the chief genetic engineer of InGen.

Henry Wu was a major character in the book, but in the the film he was only a minor character with the majority of his role being taken over by Mr. DNA. In Jurassic World, Henry Wu appears as a secondary character, serving as a foil for Masrani's moral opposition to gene splicing, creating the hybrid Indominus rex

Story

Cloning dinosaurs

Henry Wu is a Chinese American from Ohio with a PhD in genetics. He is a senior member of InGen's project to recreate the dinosaurs. Dr. Wu and paleo-geneticist Dr. Laura Sorkin were the top minds in the project.

When the team had discovered large amounts of dinosaur DNA, Dr. Wu proposed that they could start to clone dinosaurs by filling in the missing parts of the dinosaur genome (DNA) with DNA from extant species. Laura Sorkin opposed this idea and wanted to wait with the cloning until they had recovered 100% of a species' genome. The board of investors preferred Wu's approach because it was faster, easier and cheaper. Thus, the board gave Dr. Wu a promotion to be the chief geneticist.[2]

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Dr. Wu, when he is first encountered in the movie.

Wu decided to use the DNA of several species of amphibians, including the Common reed frog (Hyperolius viridiflavus), to supplement the dinosaur DNA.[3] The first prehistoric animal was cloned in 1986. Wu also decided to build in a few safety measures. The dinosaur chromosomes were designed such that all animals were female, so they could not reproduce. He also made the dinosaurs unable to produce Lysine, so they would die without the supplements in their food.[2]

Isla Nublar Incident (1993)

When the endorsement team visited the Isla Nublar Laboratory to see the Velociraptors hatch, Dr. Wu was among the scientists in the laboratory at that time. He joined the group and answered their questions. Wu probably left the island on the C-3208 boat during the storm evacuation.

Wu returned to the island in November 1994 as part of the operation to deconstruct the ruined Jurassic Park.[3] His job was cataloging specimen numbers, and to identify exactly how the animals were breeding. Wu discovered that the amphibian DNA enabled the animals to change their sex through a chemical trigger which disintegrated the female organs to create male sex organs.

Creating hybrids

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Dr. Wu stands in front of a collection of amber samples collected from various InGen operated mines located all across the world.

Wu kept leading the research team at a financially struggling InGen. The breeding dinosaurs had shown him that not only the DNA of various species could be combined, but also their observable characteristics. In 1995, Dr. Wu wrote the book The Next Step: An Evolution of God’s Concepts. In this book, he proposed the hypothesis that he could bring brand new species into fruition by the combination the traits of various species.[3]

In 1997, Wu and his team actually succeeded in creating a hybrid organism. They had combined the DNA of several plant species to create a new plant, Karacosis wutansis (or Wu Flower). The creation of this hybrid plant gained worldwide media attention.

Masrani

In 1998, the Masrani Global Corporation took over InGen. The CEO Simon Masrani promoted Dr. Wu within the ranks of the InGen company in December of 2000.[3] Wu supervised the creation of new dinosaurs in the Hammond Creation Lab for the new park Jurassic World. He and many other InGen scientists were involved in the creation of Indominus rex.

In November of 2014, the new InGen facility named "Martel" opened in Siberia. The goal of Martel was to extract Pleistocene dated organic materials from glacial ice. He showed excitement for the project believing it will expand InGen's genome library,[4] but he withheld from speculating about using any found materials to create Cenozoic animals for Jurassic World at the moment.[5]

In a paper for a scientific journal that was published by Wu in March 2015, he reported on the possibility of using InGen's genome library to help Medixal Health in their research of diseases.[6]

Isla Nublar Incident (2015)

Dr. Wu is first seen with Claire Dearing, trying to attract investors with the genetically modified hybrid Indominus rex. After the Indominus rex escaped, Masrani confronted Wu about how the animal was created. Wu did not tell Masrani that part of it is Velociraptor, but he did mention that it had the genes of cuttlefish to help her withstand an accelerated growth rate, though the progress also gave Indominus the ability of camouflage (which the creature used to surprise the ACU Troopers). Tree frog DNA was also used to adapt the hybrid to the island's tropical climate, but it also gave her the ability to hide her infrared signature from the thermal seeking cameras around her paddock. He also reminded Masrani that he was the one that asked for a bigger, scarier and cooler dinosaur, but Masrani accused him of creating a monster instead. Wu then states that "monster" is a relative term between a cat and a canary; they are used to being the cat. Though he seems to be somewhat unpleasantly surprised at how deadly the hybrid has turned out, he is apparently unremorseful about the deaths that it has caused, deeming them merely "unfortunate", and is unconcerned that he has committed numerous crimes against nature by creating the hybrid in the first place. When Vic Hoskins takes command of the park, Wu is revealed to have been secretly working with Hoskins to make hybrids as weapons and Hoskins has him evacuated to the Costa Rican mainland along with the rest of the InGen team. He takes with him several hybrid dinosaur embryos at Hoskins' request, thus protecting his research.[7]

Post 2015 Isla Nublar Incident

Following the Isla Nublar Incident (2015) Dr. Wu is found guilty of bioethical misconduct and stripped of all his credentials.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Dr. Wu is seen talking with Eli Mills while Maisie Lockwood is exploring the hidden laboratory. She overhears them arguing about Blue and the condition she's being brought back in. Later, Dr. Wu is seen briefly at the dinosaur auction. He protests when Eli allows bidding on a prototype of the Indoraptor. After the auction ended in disaster, he's seen back in the laboratory trying to salvage as much as he can. He attempts to get a blood sample from Blue to complete his Indoraptor but is shocked as he learns from Zia Rodriguez that she gave Blue a blood transfusion from the Tyrannosaurus rex, thereby contaminating Blue's pure genome. Suddenly, Franklin Webb manages to sedate Wu with a tranquilizer dart filled with 50 CC'S of Carfentanil. This allows him to free Zia but they are stopped by mercenaries which one of them drags Wu off and away from the lab. Zia was able to free Blue from the cage which she provided as cover to hold of the mercenaries while Zia and Franklin make their escape. During the fight between Blue and the mercenaries, a tank of flammable gas is struck by a stray bullet which then gets triggered causing Wu’s lab to explode in the process.

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References

  1. In the novel Jurassic Park Henry Wu is said to be 33 years old. Since the novel took place in 1989, Henry's year of birth in the novel canon can be calculated to be either 1955 or 1956, depending on his exact date of birth.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jurassic Park: The Game, scenario They Open Doors.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 InGen Technologies. (2014, November). Retrieved from http://www.masraniglobal.com/about/divisions/ingen/index.html
  4. Masrani News
  5. Masrani Fiscal Year 2014 Report
  6. Masrani News
  7. Jurassic World
Jurassic Park Characters
Alan GrantEllie SattlerIan MalcolmJohn HammondDonald GennaroRobert MuldoonLex MurphyTim MurphyJohn Arnold/Ray ArnoldDennis NedryHenry WuLewis Dodgson
Jurassic World Characters
Owen GradyClaire DearingZach MitchellGray MitchellVic HoskinsBarry SembèneHenry WuSimon MasraniLowery CruthersVivian KrillZara YoungKaren MitchellScott MitchellKatashi HamadaHal OsterlyJim DruckerErica BrandNickEllisSarahAustinCraigLeeMeyersSpearsMillerCooper
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Characters
Owen GradyClaire DearingMaisie LockwoodEli MillsBenjamin LockwoodFranklin WebbZia RodriguezKen WheatleyGunnar EversolHenry WuIris CarrollIan MalcolmSherwood
Jurassic World: Dominion Characters
Owen GradyClaire DearingMaisie LockwoodAlan GrantEllie SattlerIan MalcolmHenry WuZia RodriguezFranklin WebbLowery CruthersBarry SembèneLewis Dodgson
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