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November, 2014

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“It Doesn’t Pan Out”

Early prospectors panned for gold during the California Gold Rush of 1849.

They would swirl a mix of gravel and water around in a pan.

Because gold is very dense, with a little skill the pan could be swirled at just the right speed to allow the gold to settle to the bottom of the pan, while the


and low-density particles would wash over the side.

This would


until there was nothing left but some little specks of gold . . . if it

panned out


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“The further a society drifts from the truth,

the more it will hate those who speak it”

George Orwell
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Making life easier

for the microbiologist…

Rapid Test Kits

Hardy offers hundreds of rapid methods and time-saving short cuts. Find out how Hardy can help you with these “hard to find” products.


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Fast and easy…

HardyCHROM Candida

HardyCHROM Candida

Hardy offers you a fast and easy way to identify your Candida cultures.

C. albicans, krusei,



can be identified by colony color as shown above.

C. glabrata

will be a smooth beige colony that can be confirmed with a

Rapid Trehalose



a sample.


the Instructions for Use (IFU)


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Now there’s a way to perform a simplified Kirby Bauer test on urine isolates. Hardy’s UriStar contains five of the most commonly used urinary antibiotics on a star-like ring. No disc dispenser needed!

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Think about it…

The Thinker

* Why are cigarettes sold in gas stations when smoking is prohibited there?

* Do you need a silencer if you are going to shoot a mime?

* Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?

* How does the guy who drives the snow plow get to work?

* If 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the doors?

* If a cow laughs, does milk come out its nose?

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Wisdom to ponder…

Michael Jordan

Professional basketball player and entrepreneur. Widely considered to be the best basketball payer of all time.

“Limits, like fears, are often an illusion.”

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”

“There is no ‘i’ in team, but there is in win.”

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.”

“I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.”

“The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.”

“My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.”

If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

“In reality, I never want to grow up.”

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Hardy Diagnostics…
  • Is celebrating its 34th year of serving microbiologists.
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  • 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


  • Is an Employee-Owned company.

    “If we act like we own the place…it’s because we do!”

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Micro Musings…

“The results are meaningless, but at least it gets the animal-rights people off our backs.”

Is your
urine sterile?

OK…this may not be something you think about often,
but we think you will be surprised to

find out

the answer…

Food Poisoning

The Uninvited

Holiday Guest


oliday parties can be a lot of fun, but that buffet of dairy-laden salads and cold cuts can be riddled with bacteria, multiplying exponentially as quickly as every twenty minutes.

Each year, according to the CDC, about 76 million people in the United States become ill from the food they eat, and about 5,000 of them die


Computer generated image of

Salmonella typhi

from CDC/Melissa Bower.

We know that bacteria are ubiquitous, so why is food any different? Bacteria eat much the same things we do, so a buffet for us is also a buffet for them. When they are well fed in a cozy warm environment, they will replicate quickly. Anyone who has had food poisoning can tell you, it’s no party.



76 million



experience food poisoning this year!


If you have ever had food poisoning, you know the signs. However, for those fortunate few, some symptoms to watch for are nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps, and a mild fever. According to the Mayo Clinic, you should see a doctor if you’ve experienced frequent vomiting, inability to keep down liquids, blood in vomit or stool, diarrhea for more than three days, extreme pain or cramping, or a temperature higher than 101.5


F (38.6


C). Any neurological symptoms like blurry vision, muscle weakness or tingling in the extremities are also red flasg.

The time for symptoms to arise after eating can vary widely: from one hour to 28 days. Refer to the

Mayo Clinic chart

for a list of pathogens and their corresponding incubation times and the foods likely to be involved.

About 5,000 Americans will die from food poisoning this year. The biggest culprit? Under-cooked meat.

While you should always be careful to store all food properly and maintain good hygiene when cooking, there are certain foods that are at higher risk for bacterial contamination than others.


Under-cooked meat is the worst offender, followed by green salads.


New York Times

reported the eleven most common foods to cause food poisoning. While under-cooked meat is number one, number two may surprise you. No, it’s not that creamy mayo-based salad or that mystery gelatin dessert; it’s that healthy green salad! Those leafy greens are responsible for 24% of non-meat cases of food poisoning. Whether it’s from contact with animals, contaminated water, or poor storage practices, that spinach may do more than give you your daily value of iron. Here is the list of the top 11 offenders:

1. Under-cooked meat

2. Green salads

3. Eggs

4. Fish

5. Oysters

6. Potatoes

7. Cheese

8. Ice Cream

9. Tomatoes

10. Sprouts

11. Berries

However, before you pass up that yummy potato salad or say no to the cheese platter, consider these preventive steps to stay well.

1. Do not place bags and containers over food that will not be cooked. Bacteria-laden juices can drip onto the food below. Always place meats beneath anything eaten raw, preferably in a covered container.

2. Anything eaten without further cooking should be in a sealed container and kept below 40°F (4



3. When you’re ready to cook, be sure to cook thoroughly and keep prep stations disinfected with a 10% bleach solution before and after use.

4. Any ground meat, poultry, or casseroles need to come to an internal temperature of 165°F (


, while beef, pork, ham and seafood need to come to 145°F (63



5. Greens need to be washed thoroughly (even the purchased pre-washed varieties) and eggs should be cooked until yolk and whites are firm.

6. Discard food that has been sitting out at room temperature for long periods of time. The FDA recommends throwing out any food that has been left at room temperature for longer than two hours.

7. All hot foods should be maintained above 140°F (60


while serving and all cold foods should be maintained lower than 40°F (




Following these simple rules will lower your chances of food poisoning this holiday season and also keep you and your guests safe in the months to come.

Kate Mitchell

Santa Maria, CA


Optical oddities…

What is it?

Scroll to the bottom of this column for answer.

“Believe half of what you see

and none of what you hear.”

~ Marvin Gaye ~


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of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor.

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Just the way you want it…



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The Art of Medicine…

“The art of medicine consists in

amusing the patient

while nature cures the disease.”

~ Voltaire ~

“I am a marvelous housekeeper…
Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.”
Zsa Zsa Gabor
(now 95 years old)

Re: Fame

Who Said It?

Jonny Depp
Oprah Winfrey
Joni Mitchell
Charlie Sheen
John Wooden
Angelia Jolie
Kanye West?

1. “I feel that I am too busy writing history to read it.”

2. “I’m shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. I’ve done everything I can to avoid it.”

3. “Fame hit me like a ton of bricks.”

4. “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”

5. “If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are.”

6. “Fame is a series of misunderstandings surrounding a name.”

7. “Fame is empowering. My mistake was that I thought I would instinctively know how to handle it. But there’s no manual, no training course.”

8. “I like to hide behind the characters I play. Despite the public perception, I am a very private person who has a hard time with the fame thing.”

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Our Optical Oddity for

the month (pictured above) is

a photo taken from the International Space Station of the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Atlantis flew 33 missions, the last one in July of 2011. This spacecraft traveled nearly 126,000,000 miles (203,000,000 km) or more than 525 times the distance from the Earth to the



Re: Fame

Who said it?
1. Kanye West
2. Jonny Depp
3. Eminem
4. John Wooden
5. Oprah Winfrey
6. Joni Mitchell
7. Charlie Sheen
8. Angelina Jolie