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August, 2014

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Hardy introduces
a new and better way…

Compact Dry

Compact Dry represents a new way to perform Total Counts, E. coli , Coliform, and Yeast and Mold counts from food and beverage samples.

Here are the benefits of Compact Dry…

  • Room temperature storage
  • 18 month shelf life from date of manufacture
  • Self diffusing media – no need to spread the sample
  • Stackable – saves space
  • Write-on area – on side and top
  • Easy to handle and pick up
  • Simple to pick colonies for sub-culturing
  • Easy read-out of results

Learn more…

View the brochure

Watch a short video

Request some samples

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Caution: This month’s brainteaser may cause cranial over-exertion. Consult with your doctor before entering…

Download Our
Mini Catalogs

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No matter what industry you may be in, Hardy has a mini catalog that contains the microbiology products that are needed in your lab.

  • Food and Beverage
  • Veterinary
  • Anaerobic Microbiology
  • Susceptibility Testing
  • Control Organisms
  • Cosmetics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Dehydrated Culture Media
  • And more…

View a complete list and download the PDF version.

Request the paper version.

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“To Run Amok”

To “run amok” (sometimes “amuck” or “amuk”) is to go awry or into a wild frenzy.

The word, Amok, originally came from the Malay/Indonesian word, “Mengamuk,” meaning “to make a desperate or furious charge.”

They believed that Amok was caused by an evil tiger spirit that entered someone’s body causing them to commit heinous acts.

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Making life easier
for the microbiologist…

Rapid Test Kits

Hardy offers hundreds of rapid methods and time saving short cuts.

Request a paper catalog.

Ask a question about our rapid methods.

Rapid MGP

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Control Organisms

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Hardy offers a complete line of microorganisms to be used for quality control purposes. These organisms, from MBL, are available in a variety of formats. They are designed for use in the food, pharmaceutical, water, and clinical industries.

View our catalog…

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Think about it…

The Thinker

* If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

* Why do women wear evening gowns to nightclubs?

Shouldn’t they be wearing night gowns?

*When someone asks you, “A penny for your thoughts,” and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?

* Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

*Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It’s just stale bread to begin with.

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Wisdom to ponder…

John Muir

1838 ~ 1914

Scottish-American naturalist , author, and early advocate for the
preservation of wilderness

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.”

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.”

“Living artificially in towns, we are sickly, and never come to know ourselves.”

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

“God never made an ugly landscape. All that the sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.”

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Hardy Diagnostics…
  • Is celebrating its 34th year of serving microbiologists.
  • Is ISO 13485 certified for the manufacture of medical devices to give you confidence in our products.
  • Offers you detailed technical inserts, comprised of over 4,500 pages of information regarding microbiology.
  • Services over 9,000 labs and maintains a worldwide network of over 65 distributors.
  • Is an Employee-Owned company. “If we act like we own the place…it’s because we do!”

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Micro Musings…


Colours of Life
Can bacteria generate usable electricity?
Can plant waste recharge your cell phone?
Can mud light your home?

Optical oddities…

Stare at the center,
then move your head forward and back.

First make sure no one is watching you!

“Believe half of what you see

and none of what you hear.”

~ Marvin Gaye ~

Doing your homework. . .

I t’s that time of year again, when parents and children are getting ready to head back to school. Besides stocking up on new books, school supplies, and preparing for the rigors of homework, parents should also think about making sure children are properly vaccinated. This includes infants all the way up to college-age kids.


Public schools generally require students to be up-to-date on immunizations, but some parents still opt out, delay vaccinations, or may be unaware of the dangers of living in close quarters (e.g. dorms, armed services). Navigating what’s best for you or your family in today’s world can often feel like crossing a mine field: all it takes is one sensationalized news report or article to sound the alarm bell. Knowing your options and staying up-to-date on current research helps to reduce misinformation and fear. So does knowing who to trust and where to turn when there are questions or concerns.

What’s hard for most of our nation to remember is that the U.S., including most of the nation’s medical professionals, have not witnessed an epidemic of a deadly or crippling infectious agent like diphtheria, small pox, measles, polio or pertussis in their lifetime. During this period, we have grown complacent and, with that false sense of security, we may risk our children or grand-children’s health. We may even risk our own. With the ability to travel the globe within a matter of hours, we are no longer living safe in our disease-free corner of the world.

So, in addition to nutritious lunches, new backpacks, and new clothes, consider the resources below as helpful when sending those eager minds out the door for their first day of school. Search for additional information on immunizations through your state’s Department of Health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

1. U.S. 2014 – Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 0 to 18 Years

2. U.S. 2014 – Catch-Up Schedule for Persons Aged 4 Months Through 18 Years Who Start Late or Who are More Than 1 Month Behind

3. What would happen if we stopped vaccinating?

California Department of Public Health (CADPH):

4. Guide to Immunizations Required for School Entry Grades K-12

5. School/Childcare Immunization Law

United States Department of Health and Human Services

6. – Who and When

by Kerry Pierce, MS, RM(NRCM)

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

Jonas Salk

1914 ~ 1995

American virologist who was the first
to discover the inactivated vaccine for polio.
Polio is close to be eradicated from the Earth.
There have been 149 cases since the beginning of 2014.
Most of them in Pakistan.

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of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor.

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Origami Microscopes
for 50 Cents!

Over 600,000 people will die from malaria this year. Can malaria be diagnosed using a 50 cent paper microscope? Manu Prakash, PhD at Stanford University thinks so. His amazing invention, the Foldscope, uses a tiny spherical lens illuminated by an LED source housed within a foldable paper platform…all for a cost of about 50 cents!

It requires no external power source, it is completely portable, it can be dropped or stepped on with no adverse effect, and can be assembled within 20 minutes. The specimens are mounted on a standard microscope slide and will be magnified by 2,000 times with the Foldscope. The images can even be projected on a wall!

Could this amazing invention have a major impact on healthcare in developing nations?

Watch a 5 minute video to learn more about the incredible Foldscope and how it works.

Some examples of images produced by the Foldscope.

From left: Plasmodium falciparum (malaria), Trypanosoma cruzi (chagas disease), Giardia lamblia , Leishmania donovani (kala-azar), E. coli and Bacillus .

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HC MRSA plate

Hardy’s chromogenic plated media is designed to select and isolate Methicillin Resistant Staph aureus (MRSA).

Our customers often comment on how distinct the colony color is and how easy it is to read out.

How bout giving HardyCHROM MRSA a try in your lab?

Yes – I would to try some samples.

Yes – I would like save money on MRSA detection and would like to receive a custom price quote based on volume.

More information on HardyCHROM MRSA.

View our complete chromogenic media catalog.

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A Little Micro Humor

Q: What did the microbiologist say to the gram negative rod?
A: You can’t B. cereus!

Q: Why can’t you see bacteria in milk?
A: Because it gets past-uer-ized.

Q; What did one bacterium say to other bacterium after they got planted onto a Petri plate?
A: Are you happy with your cell provider?

Q: What did the daddy rod say to his son?
A: Stop eating so much junior, you’re starting to look like a coccus!

Q: What did the two microbiologists name their twin daughters?
A: Patience and Control

Q: What did one RNA base say to the other?
A: I wish I were Adenine, so I could get paired
with U.

Q: Why did the bacterium’s boyfriend say he became an obligate anaerobe?
A: Girl, you take my breath away!

Q: What did the conservative microbiology teacher say to her students on the first day of class?
A: The only cleavage I want to see is at the cellular level.

I have an inferiority complex.

But it’s not nearly as good as yours.

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