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December, 2009 Edition

Micro Musings…

NY Dec 09

“My wife just doesn’t understand me”



Need to excercise the grey matter?
Click here for mental work-out!

How Safe is Your Chicken?


Consumer Reports recently tested 382 chickens purchased from more than 100 stores. The results may shock you…

62% were contaminated with Campylobacter, 14% had Salmonella, and 9% had both. Only 34% were clear of both pathogens. Will buying organic chicken help? None of the organic samples contained Salmonella, however 57% had Campylobacter (Consumer Reports, January, 2010).

The obvious lesson here is to thoroughly cook all poultry to 165 deg. F (74 deg. C) or more and disinfect any surface that the uncooked bird had touched.

Looking for a quick way to confirm suspected isolates of Campylobacter jejuni or C . coli ? Click here .

Stock up on Stocks for the New Year
Hardy offers a complete selection of stock organisms…
MBL Organisms

Hardy Diagnostics is your authorized distributor for MicroBioLogics quality control organisms. Click here to view a “MBL Product Selection Guide”. Click here to view the NEW MicroBioLogics Control Organism catalog.

Purchase $200 or more of MBL quality control organisms and receive a
free “Bug Busters” T-shirt.
Offer is good while supplies last. Limited
to one shirt per customer. Request T-shirt at time of order. Click here if you have any questions or comments about our control organisms.

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Think about it…

The Thinker
  • How important does a person have to be before they are considered “assassinated” instead of just “murdered” ?
  • How is it that we a put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage ?
  • If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?
  • Why are you IN a movie, but you’re ON TV ?
  • Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up every two hours?


Dr. Schreckenberger to speak on Beta Lactam Resistance

Join us at the next Hardy Diagnostics Seminar in sunny Palm Springs for a full day with Paul Schreckenberger, PhD, as he thoroughly explains resistance mechanisms and therapy strategies for the Enterobacteriaceae.

Click here for more information.

Foot in Mouth Disease

Quotes they
wish you would forget…


“The word “genius” isn’t applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”

~ Joe Theismann, NFL football quarterback and sports analyst.


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  • Manufactures over 3,000 products for microbiology for you to choose from.
  • Stocks over 12,000 laboratory products to increase your selection of items.
  • Maintains six distribution centers in the U.S. for faster turn around time to your lab.
  • Has served microbiologists like you for 29 years.
  • Is ISO 13485 certified for the manufacture of medical devices to give you confidence in our products.
  • Offers you its technical manual, HUGO , which contains over 4,500 pages of information regarding microbiology.
  • Maintains a worldwide network of over 30 distributors.

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Can you name this dangerous organism that lurks in ordinary tap water and can cause blindness? Acanthameoba

Hint: It’s not a bacterium or a virus.

Rapid Test Methods
As Recommended in the
CLSI Document M35-A2


CLSI has released a document describing hundreds of rapid test methods for the ” Abbreviated Identification of Bacteria and Yeast “. Find out how you can save time, money, and effort with these new recommended ID methods that require no special equipment. Click here if you have any questions about our rapid test methods.

Seeing is Believing?


Can you find the five pinto horses?


“Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”

Could pneumococcus be the real culprit?


Study shows high correlation between severity of H1N1 when coinfected with S. pneumoniae .

A recent study from Columbia University of New York examined the reasons why H1N1 infections in Argentina had a high fatality rate of 4.5%, when the rest of the world averaged only 0.6%.  By testing nasopharyngeal swabs for pathogens in addition to the H1N1 virus, it was found that 56% of the severe or fatal cases contained Streptococcus pneumoniae , whereas only 25% of the mild cases had coinfections of the pneumococcal bacteria. This study alerts physicians to be wary of streptococcal infections secondary to influenzae. Ref.

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Click here to view a complete listing of products for the detection and control of Influenza.

Wisdom to ponder…


Ralph Waldo Emerson
1803 ~ 1882
American philosopher and poet.

“A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.”

“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.”

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.”

“God enters by a private door into every individual.”

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air… ”

“No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.”

    “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

    “Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”

    “The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.”

    “The only way to have a friend is to be one.”

    “The world belongs to the energetic.”

    “There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.”

    “This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.”

    “Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies. ”

    “What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.”

    “Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. ”

    “To be great is to be misunderstood.”


Iodine is now a regulated substance…

to the increasing use of iodine in the illegal manufacturing of
methamphetamines, the government is now controlling this substance
through the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Click here to find out how you can legally obtain the iodine you need for microbiological procedures…

iodine crystals
Some forms of iodine used for Gram stains, Tetrathionate Broth, and for parasitology staining (Trichrome and Lugol’s) are now highly regulated by the federal government.

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Hardy can provide iodine for all your needs in the lab. See our listing here and find out how to register.

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You can find more of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor by clicking here for a daily Rubes cartoon.

Signs of our times….

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Advice from the founders…


“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”

– Thomas Jefferson – The third president of the US and the author of the Declaration of Independence.