The Montreal Proteomics Network plans by the end of the year to lay off 45 of 63 scientists, or more than 70 percent of its GC-funded research staff, who are paid through a grant from Genome Canada because the funding has run out, ProteoMonitor has learned.

MPN’s operational costs have been covered by a three-and-a-half-year, CA$13 million ($11 million) grant from Genome Canada that will expire in March. But in order to keep going through 2005, the network will have to lay off staff sooner than that.

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