The Roslin Institute, creator of Dolly the cloned sheep, has received notice of funding cuts from the U.K. Ministry of Agriculture, Farming, and Fisheries (MAFF) that will result in staff layoffs and force the institute to scramble to maintain its spending on the nuclear transfer research that produced the clone.

The cuts amount to £650,000 (about $1 million), or about 18.5 percent of the £3.5 million MAFF provides to the institute annually. The first cuts will come on April 1, and the rest will take place April 1, 1998.