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January, 2011

Rapid Test

to  Rule Out Proteus

A quick way to eliminate  the Proteus group when screening stools for Salmonella and Shigella

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This rapid Urea/PDA Test effectively identifies lactose negative Proteus, Providencia, and Morganella from stool culture plates within two hours; thus ruling out non-pathogens when screening for Salmonella and Shigella.

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For Rapid Strep Grouping



Hardy’s StrepPRO will produce rapid and reliable results when grouping Streps A, B, C, D, F, and G.

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New TB Vaccine

Being Tested

Virus based vaccine showing promising results


A new study in South Africa has shown promising results for a tuberculosis vaccine. This novel vaccine is a “booster shot” given to those that have already had the traditional, but often ineffective, BCG vaccine.

TB remains one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases, with a death count of 1.7 million people annually. Over 2 billion people are infected.

This new TB vaccine utilizes an innovative approach by combining antigens from the M. tuberculosis cell with a weakened adenovirus. The non-disease producing virus, known as Adenovirus-35, with the TB antigens inserted into its structure, produces an immune response in the recipient that has been shown to protect against TB infection.

This response includes activation of both CD4 and CD8 T-cells, which has never been accomplished before. The new recombinant vaccine, known as AERAS-402, will be entering phase II studies with up to 4,000 BCG-vaccinated babies.

AERAS is a non-profit organization based in both Rockville, Maryland and Cape Town, South Africa. It has six vaccine possibilities that are being aggressively researched. The organization endeavors to release a TB vaccine for widespread use by the year 2020.

See Hardy’s complete catalog of products for the detection of tuberculosis.

Getting Real

Can you match the real names to the following celebrity stage names?

M arilyn Monroe

1. Marilyn Monroe

2. Pat Benatar

3. Patsy Cline

4. Tina Turner

5. Twiggy

A. Annie Mae Bullock

B. Leslie Hornby

C. Virginia Patterson Hensley

D. Norma Jean Mortenson (Baker)

E. Patricia Andrejewski


1.D; 2. E; 3. C; 4. A; 5. B

Think about it…

The Thinker

  • If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?
  • If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?
  • If WalMart is lowering prices daily, how come nothing in the store is free yet?
  • Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?




Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli

Prime Minister of England

from 1874 to 1880

A Member of Parliament to Disraeli : “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.”

Disraeli : “That depends, Sir, whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”

Foot in Mouth Disease

Pierre Pachet

“Louis Pasteur’s theory of  germs is

ridiculous fiction.”

~ Pierre Pachet

Professor of Physiology at

Toulouse, France 1872


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Hardy Diagnostics…
  • Is celebrating its 30th year of serving microbiologists?
  • Maintains seven distribution centers in the U.S. for faster turn around time to your lab.
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  • Offers you its technical manual, HUGO , which contains over 4,500 pages of information regarding microbiology.
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Micro Musings..

Cartoon Jan 2011

Seeing is Believing?

Indentical buildings

Is one building leaning more than the other?

Actually the photos are identical.


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

Hardy introduces…

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Pre-Reduced Media

for Anaerobes

  • Pre-reduced culture media packaged in oxygen-free, gas flushed foil pouches.
  • Packaging contains an oxygen scavenger sachet and a moisture absorbing desiccant packet.
  • Foil pouches have an easy-to-open, pre-scored notch.
  • Wide variety of packaging combinations available: monoplates, biplates, and primary set-up combinations.
  • Tubes feature a screw-cap design with rubber septum, Hungate caps.
  • Quality Control tested for reliable and reproducible results.
  • Superior growth and performance characteristics compared to other leading brands.
  • Manufactured in an ISO 13485 certified facility.
  • Competitive pricing, quality products, with exceptional service and support.

More Information.
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See the complete catalog of anaerobic supplies.
Get the cross-reference chart.
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Hardy now offers a complete selection of pre-reduced media along with gas generators, indicators, jars, pouches, etc.

“Flu Factories”

in the Barnyard?

pig man

P igs and birds are the most likely sources to host new pandemic flu viruses. Pig farms have been called “flu factories” according to researchers at Harvard University. The CDC has initiated a pig surveillance program with the hopes of heading off a new pandemic.

The problem is that there are nearly one billion domesticated pigs around the world, and getting the cooperation of the pig farmers is a monumental, if not impossible, task. Nearly half of the world’s pigs are in China.

Many pig farmers fear government meddling and the possible quarantine of their stock if there is a suspected problem.

Last year’s H1N1 flu virus was made up of a combination of two pig genes along with bird and human genes.

It is hoped that surveillance and early detection will help in controlling infection and the creation of effective vaccines.

See Hardy’s Influenza brochure for a complete listing of products related to the detection of this virus.

From the


Hall of Fame . . .

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Paul Ehrlich

German chemist, immunologist, microbiologist, and Nobel Prize laureate.

In 1910, he developed Salvarsan, a less toxic mercury compound to combat syphilis. It became the most widely prescribed drug in the world until penicillin came into use in the 1940’s. He nicknamed his amazingly effective drug “The Magic Bullet.”

“Success in research needs four G’s: Glück, Geduld, Geschick und Geld. Luck, patience, skill and money.”

~ Paul Ehrlich

Wisdom to ponder…

Jonas salk

Jonas Salk

The developer of the
first safe and effective polio vaccine
1914 ~ 1995

“The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.”

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.”

“I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.”

“Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.”

“It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner.”

“Nothing happens quite by chance. It’s a question of accretion of information and experience.”



Rubes Jan 2011

Find more of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor.

Advice from the Founders…

J. Adams

“Old minds are like old horses;

you must exercise them if you wish

to keep them in working order.”

John Adams

The second president of the United States
1735 ~ 1826

charles schulz

“I have a new philosophy…

I’m only going to dread

one day at a time.”

Charles Shultz, creator of “Peanuts”

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Signs of our times….

Creative Pan Handling

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