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March, 2010

Micro Musings…

Cartoon March 10
“Marvin, don’t you think you’ve been getting a little too attached to the lab animals lately?”

The Fastest Way
to Signing Out a UTI


HUrBi is a new chromogenic biplate designed to produce quick results for UTI cultures. Gram positives will appear on the left side, and gram negatives on the right. Colony colors assist you in the identification.


S. saprophyticus – pink

Enterococcus – teal

S. epidermidis – white

Yeast – opaque white


E. coli – rose with dark centers

KES group – large blue

Citrobacter – blue with rose halo

Proteus – light yellow, orange halo

Pseudomonas – clear to yellow green with crinkled egdes

HUrBi Technical data

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Feeling pretty sharp today?
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Now with 16 hour incubation!


ColiTag 2

The new ColiTag provides a fast color read-out for E. coli and Coliforms from water samples. Now only 16 hours!

ColiTag brochure
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Bug Busters T-Shirt
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Free Bug Busters T-shirt with every order of MBL stock organisms of over $200.

See the MBL catalog
See the MBL product selection guide.

KwikStik lyophilized microorganisms
by MicroBioLogics

Think about it…

The Thinker

  • Why do they use sterilized needles for death by
    lethal injection?
  • Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?
  • Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a
    revolver at him?
  • Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Foot in Mouth Disease

Quotes they
wish you’d forget…

J. Adams

“I must not write a word to you
about politics, because you are a woman.

John Adams
– in a letter to his wife, Abigail


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John Quincy Adams

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more… you are a leader.

– John Quincy Adams

the sixth president of the United States

Can you name this under-appreciated and often misidentified organism?

Strep anginosus

Hint: It is often implicated in
abscesses and endocarditis.

Click here to check your answer…

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Seeing is Believing?


Don Quixote

“Truly I was born to be
example of misfortune, and a target at which the arrows of
adversary are aimed”

Don Quixote – The Man of La Mancha


What’s lurking in your mouth?

The Three Stages of Tooth Decay

Tooth decay

1 . Streptococcus
, S. oralis and others settle on the teeth and form plaque. This happens within four hours of brushing your teeth. This is the beginning of a biofilm formation, in which different species cooperate and communicate with each other to form a symbiotic relationship.

S. gordonii

2 . Streptococcus mutans arrives about 24 hours later. It binds to the first layer of bacteria and produces lactic acid that eats away at tooth enamel. The biofilm grows and matures at this time; due to the sticky substance that S. mutans produces.

3 . Lactobacillus casei and related bacteria take over after several days to accelerate and deepen the damage done to the tooth surface.

The above sequence reminds us of the importance of good dental hygiene, which includes both brushing and flossing. This also helps to prevent gum disease (gingivitis). The main culprit here is the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis .

A major cause of abscesses…


Hardy announces a new rapid test
to assist in the identification of these troublesome organisms.


This new kit performs a rapid arginine decarboxylase and a rapid VP within four hours to help identify the three species that make up the Streptococcus anginosus group (formerly Streptococcus milleri ).

Rapid Anginosus Kit technical information
Article on S. anginosus group
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Wisdom to ponder…

Jack Welch

Jack Welch
Author and former CEO of General Electric

“Change before you have to.”

“We’ve only been wealthy in this country for 70 years. Who
said we ought to have all this? Is it ordained?”

“Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means
plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.”

“Control your own destiny or someone else will.”

“Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to

“I was afraid of the internet… because I couldn’t type.”

“I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as

“If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.”

“We bring together the best ideas – turning the meetings of
our top managers into intellectual orgies.”


Rubin March 10

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

Warning: Pun Zone Ahead

Hole in Fence


  • A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police
    are looking into it.
  • Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

  • Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

  • A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result
    in Linoleum Blownapart.