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January, 2014

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For your stock organisms…


Hardy’s CryoSavers are the best way to handle your freezer stocks.


  • Ready to use; contains a glycerin cryo-protectant.
  • Vials are easy to open and compact in design to save freezer space.
  • Vials have a writable surface for identification.
  • Plastic box has numbered rows for easy location.
  • Included is a moisture-proof identification card that fits into the lid.
  • Available with several types of media, with or without beads.
  • Choose from 5 cap colors. Also available are 11 different colors of cap inserts for color coding.

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How about a high intensity

workout for the gray matter?

Feel the burn here…

For beta lactamase testing…



Nitrocef Matchbook

Hardy Diagnostics offers a more convenient way of testing ß-lactamase activity in bacteria. It is especially useful for the susceptibility testing of anaerobes.

The Nitrocef MatchBook™ is a rapid test that allows you to quickly pick your colonies and perform the test at the same time! Easier and faster than a disk! You can read out in as little as five minutes in most cases.

The rapid Nitrocef test consists of a paper match-stick that is impregnated with the Nitrocefin reagent, which is a chromogenic cephalosporin. This rapid test can yield clinically relevant information earlier than an MIC test.

A positive ß-lactamase test can predict resistance to such antibiotics as penicillin, ampicillin, amoxicillin, and other ß-lactamase containing drugs for the following organisms:


Neisseria gonorrhoeae














* Anaerobes (such as some species of

Bacteroides, Porphyromonas, Clostridium, Fusobacterium, Prevotella


The rapid Nitrocef MatchBookTM can be used for all of the above organisms with results in five minutes or less, with the exception of some


s spp. that may take up to one hour.

View the Instructions for Use


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Spend a day with Dr. Schreckenberger in beautiful Palm Springs.

Our next Hardy Seminar will feature Paul Schreckenberger, PhD, who will be addressing the following topics:

1. Update on Enterobacteriaceae

2. Update on Non-fermentors

3. Carbapenem Resistance

4. Gram Positive Bacteria in UTI’s

The venue will be warm and sunny Palm Springs, California!

Palm Springs

More information

and registration form.

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“Pull the Wool

Over One’s Eyes”

This phrase, meaning to deceive someone, comes from the fashionable practice of men and women wearing woolen wigs in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The use of wigs originally started when people shaved their heads to prevent head lice. later, wigs were used to make up for a lack of hair due to baldness. The wigs were usually not made of wool and were more likely to be made from human, horse, goat, or yak hair.

The earliest example that can be found for this phrase in print is from the

Milwaukee Daily Sentinel and Gazette

, October 1839:

“And we ask one question that they dare not firmly answer, whether they are not now making a tolerable attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the people.”

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Think about it…

The Thinker

* If women wear a pair of pants, a pair of glasses, and a pair of

earrings, why don’t they wear a pair of bras?

* How come you never hear about gruntled employees?

* What is a “free” gift? Aren’t all gifts free?

* After eating, do amphibians have to wait one hour before getting out of the water?

* If white wine goes with fish, do white grapes go with sushi?

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A year ago, Hardy Diagnostics became an employee-owned company. The common term for this is an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Program). After a certain length of service, all employees become stockholders of the corporation.

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At Hardy Diagnostics, you can expect us to act like we own the place…because we do!

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Wisdom to ponder…

Thomas a Kempis

1380 ~ 1471

German author and monastery priest

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.”

“First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.”

“Be assured that if you knew all, you would pardon all.”

“What else does anxiety about the future bring you but sorrow upon sorrow?”

“How quickly passes away the glory of this world.”

“How seldom we weigh our neighbor in the same balance with ourselves.”

“The only safe ruler is he who has learned to obey willingly.”

“A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.”

“Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.”

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Did you know?


Hardy Diagnostics…

  • Is celebrating its 33rd year of serving microbiologists.
  • Is

    ISO 13485

    certified for the manufacture of medical devices to give you confidence in our products.
  • Offers you its technical manual,


    , which contains over 4,500 pages of information regarding microbiology.
  • Services over 9,000 labs and maintains a worldwide network of over 40


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Micro Musings…

“Sometimes, Miles,  I wonder if there’s more to life than unlocking the mysteries of the universe.”

Retail Microbiology?


Now the public can order a microbiome profile on themselves through the internet. For fees ranging from $89 to $15,000, personalized cultures and genetic studies on the organisms that have taken up housekeeping on various body parts can be received by the inquiring public.

From the website of American Gut, which offers to detail the microbiome inside your body.

Currently there are two organizations that offer such a service:

American Gut

(a research project from the University of Colorado, Boulder) and


(a San Francisco start-up company).

uBiome claims to be practicing “citizen science,” which they claim is ”

scientific research conducted by non-professional scientists, often by crowd-sourcing.

” For $399, they will microbiologically characterize your gut, skin, genitals, mouth, and nose. Their


is somewhat vague on how this will be done.

From the Facebook page of uBiome in San Francisco


American Gut

focuses on the oral and intestinal microbiome and claims to have analyzed samples from  over 7,000 participants. They have raised over $400,000 in donations.

Will “do it yourself” microbiology become as routine as ordering products from Amazon? Who is interpreting the results of these tests? What is the benefit of characterizing your personal microbiome? The answers may be forthcoming in the future. Regardless of the accuracy and benefit, one thing is certain: there is money to be made on the inquiring mind of John Q. Public.

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Optical oddities…

These lines are perfectly straight.

Don’t believe it?

Look at your monitor from the side.

“Believe half of what you see

and none of what you hear.”

~ Marvin Gaye ~

What Kind of Doorknob

is Safest to Touch?

Certain metals have antimicrobial

properties known as oligodynamics.

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Hardy’s CRITERION line of dehydrated culture media offers the microbiologist many advantages…

  • Superior packaging
  • Complete product line
  • Mylar pre-weighed 2L pouches
  • Wide mouth bottle to prevent dust formation when weighing

PYR Testing Made Easy!
PYR Card 2

For the identification of Group A Strep and Enterococcus. Rapid, clear read-out.


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Should the Federal

Minimum Wage be Raised?

The federal minimum wage required by law is currently $7.25 per hour and has been since 2009. However, many states have laws that vary from this.  The green states above have a minimum wage higher than the federal one, while the blue states are the same, red states are lower, and the orange states have no minimum wage law.

What do you think….Is the Federal minimum wage law too high, too low, or just right?


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of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor.


“Have enemies?


That means you’ve stood up for



in your life.”

~ Winston Churchill ~

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“I love my job. I love the pay!
I love it more and more each day.
I love my boss, he is the best!
I love his boss and all the rest.
I’m happy to be here. I am. I am.
I’m the happiest slave of the Firm, I am.
I love this work. I love these chores.
I love the meetings with deadly bores.

I love my job – I’ll say it again – I even love those friendly men.
Those friendly men who’ve come today, in clean white coats to take me away!

~ Dr. Seuss ~

Theodor Seuss Giesel

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Super Bowl Trivia

This is the only NFL player that has a

Super Bowl ring for every finger

of one hand!

1. Which player has participated in the most Super Bowls?

2. Which player has won the most Super Bowls?

3. Who has been the head coach in the most Super Bowls?

4. How much does a 30 second commercial cost?

5. Which team has been in the most Superbowls?

6. Which teams have never been to the Superbowl?

Scroll to the bottom of page to see the answers…

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I’m not a pessimist…

Just an optimist with experience.

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“I’m not gunna vacuum
until Sears makes one
I can ride on!”

~ Rosanne Barr ~

Answers to Super Bowl

Trivia Questions…

1. Mike Lodish, 6 (Buffalo and Denver), pictured above.

2. Charles Haley, 5 (San Francisco and Dallas), pictured at top of page.

3. Don Shula, 6  (Baltimore and Miami)

4. $4 million for a 30 second commercial. The average commercial costs $1 million to make.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys have been in the Super Bowl 8 times.

6. Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans.

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