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By Emily Ford, The Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — As many as six people working for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at the could lose their jobs in a $1.1 million cut from a $7.9 million budget.

The jobs in jeopardy at the in Kannapolis are administrative positions, not scientists. But losing support staff will affect research, deputy director Jana Harrison said.

"Our response times are going to be slower," Harrison said. "We will do everything we can to keep research as our no. 1 priority."

The institute, which studies why people have different metabolic rates and nutrient requirements, has 26 full-time employees, including support positions such as a community outreach director, an accountant and a grants manager.

UNC has one of the largest presences at the new Research Campus, where eight universities study human health, nutrition and agriculture using biotechnology.

For details, see the report.