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October, 2010

The Loop Caddy . . ..

A New Way
to Streak!
Loop Caddy

H ardy’s Loop Caddy brings organization and efficiency to the micro bench! It keeps your disposable loops safe from contamination while allowing you to easily pull out a new loop with one hand. No more wrestling with bags or containers every time you need to streak a plate! Ask us for your FREE Loop Caddy with your purchase of four boxes of loops.

Watch the Loop Caddy video and see how easy it is.

View Hardy’s Loops brochure to select the right loop for you.

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Carrot Broth Now Included with CDC Recommendations .
Carrot Broth

The new CDC provisional recommendations now include the use of Hardy’s Carrot Broth for the detection of Group B Strep in pregnant women.

CDC Recommendations for culturing GBS
Complete updated CDC Recommendations for the detection of GBS
More Information on Carrot Broth
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Time for a little
cranial excercise.

Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

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More then 250 Haitians have died recently and another 3,000 have been infected with Vibrio cholera . The outbreak has occurred in a rural refugee camp where over one million homeless earthquake victims have been living in tents or under tarps.

It is feared that the spread of cholera to the capital city Port-au-Prince, with a population of 1.3 million, would be devastating. Cholera, caused by the bacterium, Vibrio cholera , produces severe diarrhea, vomiting, fever, abdominal pain, and dehydration known at times to kill within a matter of hours.

Detection of Vibrio is best accomplished by culturing stool and looking for yellow colonies on TCBS Agar . Serotyping can be determined with antisera .

Treatment usually includes oral or IV re-hydration with salt and dextrose solutions. Antibiotics, such as tetracycline, may or may not be used.  If patients are treated quickly and properly the mortality rate is less than 1%; with untreated cases the mortality rate can rise to 50-60%.

Think about it…

The Thinker

  • If one synchronized swimmer drowns, must the others drown as well?
  • What should you do if you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?
  • If a man is standing in the middle of the forest speaking and there is no woman around to hear him, is he still wrong?
  • If you asked a librarian where the books on “self help” were, should she tell you?

Snarky Remarks…

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“I have never killed a man,
but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure
–Clarence Darrow


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Did you know?

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Hardy Diagnostics…
  • Hardy is celebrating its 30th year of serving microbiologists!
  • 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.
  • 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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The mystery bug…

What is it?

Produces “cornflower” colonies on blood agar.
Causes the “Great Mimicker” disease”.

Find out here

Micro Musings…

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“I wish you’d learn to keep the lid on your Petri dish, Harry. We came here with four kids, and now it looks like we have 20 million!”

Molecular Grade Reagents for the Researcher…

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Hardy Diagnostics now offers “molecular grade” reagents. This means that these solutions and buffers have been tested for the absence of DNAse, RNAse, and proteases. It also certifies that our water source is ultra pure (>18 megohms) and endotoxin free. Review our line of media and reagents for the molecular biology researcher. Please browse through our catalog and see how we can be of assistance in your research lab.

Don’t see what you are looking for? Hardy will make custom media to your specifications. Just let us know what you need.

CulGenex Products
CulGenex media and reagents for the molecular biology researcher.

Seeing is Believing Curtain moving

Feeling Woozy? There is no way to make the beans stop moving, because they never moved in the first place!

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

Wisdom to ponder…

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Aviator and Author

She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. She and her airplane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1937, and have never been found.

1897 ~ 1937

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”

“Better to do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense.”

“Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.”

“I want to do it because I want to do it.”

“Never interrupt someone from doing what you said couldn’t be done.”

“There are two kinds of stones, as everyone knows, one of which rolls.”

“The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.”

“Women must pay for everything. They do get more glory than men for comparable feats, but, they also get more notoriety when they crash.”

“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.”


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You can find more of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor by clicking here .

Marxist Philosophies

Groucho Marx

“All people are born alike…

except Republicans and Democrats.”

~ Groucho Marx


“If at first you don’t succeed…

skydiving is not for you.”

Advice from the Founders…

. Hamilton

“Those who stand for nothing

will fall for anything .”

– Alexander Hamilton

The first Secretary of the Treasury

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Unemployment in America…

US Unemployment

Watch an alarming video presentation of the climbing rate of unemployment in America. The current rate at the end of September stands at 9.6%. On the brighter side, the private sector gained 64,000 new jobs in September. Most of these gains came from the leisure, hospitality, and health care industries.

November 17 ~ 20

Look for us at Medica

Hardy Diagnostics will be displaying our products and services at Building  3, Booth C16-4 at the international medical conference MEDICA, in Dussledorf, Germany from November 17 to 20. We hope to meet you there!


See a listing of all conferences that Hardy will be attending until the end of the year.