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June 2008

The easiest and most accurate method for water testing.

Colitag 1

Make Colitag your method of choice for E. coli and coliform determinations from water. EPA approved!

Colitag 5

Simply fill the bottle to the 100ml line, pour in the powdered media, shake, and incubate overnight.

Colitag 2
Easy read-out. Left bottle: negative, Middle bottle: positive for coliforms, Right bottle: positive for E. coli by fluorescence.
Click here to view a brochure.
Click here if you would like to request a sample of Colitag and a competitive price quote for your lab.

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Feeling alert?  Had your coffee today?

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GBS Detect

The perfect companion to Carrot Broth

GBS Detect

H ardy is now offering a new plated media that can be used to sub the negative Carrot Broth cultures. Since only the hemolytic strains of Group B Strep will turn the Carrot Broth orange (the Granada reaction), it is advised that all negatives be subbed to a plate to check for non -hemolytic strains of GBS.

The new GBS Detect plate will cause non-hemolytic strains of GBS to appear hemolytic. This makes it very easy to detect these non-hemolytic GBS strains that reportedly make up 1 to 3% of all positives.

The Photo above shows  a non -hemolytic strain of Group B Strep growing on our GBS Detect plate, which enhances the latent hemolysins.
Click here to read the technical insert for GBS Detect.
Click here for the results of a recent study.
Click here to request samples of GBS Detect to try out in your lab.


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Ellen Jo Baron

Ellen Jo Baron,PhD…

will be our featured speaker at the next Hardy Seminar. Her program is entitled “Basic Benchtop Micro Workflow”. This six hour seminar (offering 6 CEU’s) is geared toward the new microbiologist or the generalist who rotates into micro. The workshop will be held at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California, on July 26th. Click here for a brochure…


Which famous physician was beaten to death in an insane asylum?


Who was ridiculed and eventually fired for washing his hands and expecting other hospital workers to do the same?

Hand washing doc
to find out.

Take the hand hygiene quiz…

Hand washing

1. What is the number one mode of infectious disease transmission?
2. In what large US city are the residents least likey to wash their hands after using a public toilet?
3. In reality, how often to doctors actually wash their hand between patients?
4. What percentage of health care workers harbor Staphylococcus aureus on their hands?
5. Which is more effective for hand hygiene? Antimicrobial soaps or alcohol gels?
6. According to the CDC, how long should it take to wash your hands?
7. Which is better for hand washing? Hot or cold water?

D o you have a question regarding our services in the microbiology arena? If so, we would like to hear from you. At Hardy your comments, suggestions, and questions are always welcome!

Please let me know how we can be of service to you.

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Jay Hardy, CLS, SM (ASCP)

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Mycological Humor

So Mr. Mushroom walks into the bar…

The bartender says “You will have to leave. We don’t serve your kind here”.

“What’s the problem?” asks the bewildered Mushroom.

“We just don’t serve mushrooms here.” snaps the bartender.

The puzzled mushroom replys, “But why not? I’m a fun-guy!”

Wisdom to ponder…

Helen Keller
Helen Keller

1880 – 1968


American author, lecturer and activist.

The first deaf and blind person to graduate from college.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”

“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.”

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.”

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart.”