• Despite Zika threat, plan to test ‘Franken-fly’ in Keys remains in federal review limbo

Despite Zika threat, plan to test ‘Franken-fly’ in Keys remains in federal review limbo

At the epicenter of the Zika outbreak in Latin America, Brazil and world health officials have embraced a lab-engineered “Franken-fly” as a potential weapon to control a frightening virus suspected of causing horrific birth defects in newborns.

But six years after a pioneering test run in Key West was first proposed, a plan to deploy the genetically modified bugs in the U.S. remains on indeterminate hold.