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October, 2013

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Can’t Find It?

At Hardy Diagnostics we get many phone calls from microbiologists who are having a difficult time in locating those “hard to find” reagents and rapid test kits. As a result, we put all of our reagents, disks, and kits in a single 18-page catalog for your convenience.

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Control Slides

Hardy’s prepared control slides make it easy to QC your stain and staining technique. Choose from the following slides:

Gram Stain

Acid Fast Stain

Blood Parasites (malaria)



Intestinal Protozoa



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Turn off the smoke detector,
because it will be coming out of
your ears with this one!

Enter here

on a card

Each card has three test circles and includes the developing reagent.

PYR is the fastest way to identify Group A Strep andEnterococcusspp. Look for a red color change within one minute.

PYR test on a card

PYR test on a disk – 25 tests

PYR test on a disk – 100 tests

PYR, LAP, and ESC tests on a card

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New Media for Prostate Biopsies

Hardy now makes a new screening plate for testing rectal flora before a prostate biopsy. Urologists often use ciprofloxacin as a prophylactic before taking a needle biopsy of the prostate gland through the rectum. It is useful to know if organisms are present that are resistant to ciprofloxacin, since serious infections may result from the biopsy puncture.

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Think about it…

The Thinker

* Why is a pear called a pear when there is only one?

* What do they pack Styrofoam in?

* Why did God give men nipples?

* Is grass really greener on the other side?

*What is the definition of “is”?

* Why do you wear a pair of panties and only one bra?

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Are you missing something?


Now that it’s Strep throat season, could you be missing Arcanobacteria infections of the throat? It is estimated that 5 to 13% of bacterial throat infections are due to

Arcanobacterium haemolyticum.

See Arcanobacterium Selective Agar

See the Instructions for Use (IFU)

See the brochure

Learn more aboutArcanobacterium.

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Wisdom to ponder…

Dr. Seuss

(Theodor Seuss Giesel)
1904 ~ 1991

Writer and illustrator of

46 children’s books

“I like nonsense;

it wakes up the brain cells.”

“If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”

“I mean what I say,

and I say what I mean.”

“Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened!”

“Nothing is going to change, unless someone does something soon.”

“It is better to know how to

learn than to know.”

“It doesn’t matter what it is.
What matters is what it will become.”

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Hardy Diagnostics…
  • Is celebrating its 33rd year of serving microbiologists.
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  • Offers you its technical manual,HUGO, which contains over 4,500 pages of information regarding microbiology.
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“To the world you might

be one person…

but to one person
you just might
be the world.”

~ Joanne Gobure ~

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Online ordering

Watcha short video
to learn how easy it is
to order from Hardy on-line!

Pick. Click. You’re Done!

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Micro Musings…

Well that’s just great, Henley…I discover a cure for
the common cold, and all you can do is criticize!


What can cause a skin infection like this as a result of being in ocean water?


It has been known to kill the ocean bather in as little as two and half days!

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Chamber of Horrors

head of spider

With Halloween just around the corner, we thought you might be brave enough to see some frightening photos of some terrifying (but very small) creatures.

Enterif you dare…

head of ant (colorized)

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Optical oddities…

Here’s a fun one, but you have to control your eyes in order to control the beans. Move your eyes from corner to corner and the beans will rotate. Stare directly in the middle without moving your eyes and the beans will stop rotating!

“Believe half of what you see

and none of what you hear.”

~ Marvin Gaye ~

Share your opinion…

Are drones an acceptable way to fight the war on terrorism?

In 2000, the Pentagon had fewer than fifty aerial drones; ten years later, it had a fleet of nearly 7,500, and the US Air Force now trains more drone “pilots” than bomber and fighter pilots combined. Drones are already a $5 billion business in the US alone. Drone strikes have killed about 5,000 people so far. The civilian death rate has been estimated to be anywhere from 8 to 34%.Today, nearly a third of all US warplanes are flying robots, and there are 11 other countries that posses armed drones as well.

Are drone strikes, and the inevitable civilian casualties associated with them, a necessary and unavoidable part of the war on terror; or is it a police action that deprives the victim of due process of law and perhaps violates international law?

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See the survey results
Do the benefits of fracking
outweigh the risks?

Hydraulic fracking is the technique in which typically water is mixed with sand and chemicals, then is injected at high pressure into awellto create small fractures along which gas and petroleum can migrate and be available for extraction. Fracking has been successfully used to extract oil for over 60 years.

As of 2012, 2.5 million hydraulic fracturing jobs have been created worldwide, more than one million of them in the United States.

Opponents point to potentialenvironmentalimpacts, including contamination ofground water, depletion offresh water, increase in green house gas, risks toair quality, noise pollution, the migration of gases and chemicals to the surface, and thehealth effectsthey may cause.

Proponents say that the U.S. could be energy self sufficient by 2020 if we took advantage of the fracking technology. The impact of fracking has already been felt. According to the Energy Department, the U.S. imported 41% of its oil in the first five months of 2013, down from 65% in 2005.

Find outwhat the MicroBytes Community had to say about this controversial topic…

The mystery of the
ageless 14 year old burger

Most of us have heard the story of Dave Whipple who set aside a McDonalds burger back in 1999. Now, 14 years later, the petrified burger looks about the same (recent photo above) as it did hot off the grill. The microbiologists are saying…What? No bacteria? No mold? Many have concluded that the McDonalds burger is either so full of preservatives or so devoid of nutrition that microorganisms will refuse to dine on it.

Or could it be that the burger was so dry that microorganisms could not thrive?

J. Kenji López-Alt decided to test the latter hypothesis by placing a McDonald’s burger in a zip-lock bag, thus preventing it from drying out.  Sure enough, seven days later, bacteria and mold feasted on the moist burger (photo below) and thus began their happy meal of decomposition. Mystery solved, and science triumphs…I’m lovin’ it!


Find more

of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor.

Part 1
I’ve Learned…

by Andy Rooney
American journalist
1919 ~ 2011

I’ve learned….

that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned….
that just one person saying to me, “You’ve made my day!” makes my day.

I’ve learned….
that having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned….

that being kind is more important than being right.
I’ve learned….

that you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned….
that I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

I’ve learned….
that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart tounderstand.
I’ve learned….
that simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when Iwas a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I’ve learned….
that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end,the faster it  goes.
I’ve learned….
that we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned….
that money doesn’t buy class.

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“Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good

is like expecting the bull

not to charge because

you are a vegetarian.”


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