By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A World Without Postdocs. That’s a name of a video created by a group of postdoctoral researchers at the nation’s first non-profit biomedical institute — The Wistar Institute in University City.

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A gorilla with a sign around its neck that reads “budget cuts,” chasing some people in white lab coats down a hallway is one of the scenes in the video. Another scene has researchers in a lab suddenly disappearing. It’s certainly not up for cinematography awards, but it’s meant to draw attention to a serious matter, funding cuts and hiring freezes threatening the work in research laboratories.

Wistar Institute postdoctoral researcher Marie Webster studies the biology of melanoma progression. She says the public is being asked to donate to Wistar.

“Our hope is that in the future we can raise enough money to endow grants that can be given out to support research for the postdoctorate fellows,” Webster says.

The postdocs are hoping they’ll be considered on Give Back Tuesday on December 2nd. A national effort to promote and celebrate charitable contributions.

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