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December, 2015

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For fast and furious streaking!


When it comes to streaking, Hardy has what you need. We offer disposable loops, as well as nichrome and platinum loops. Calibrated or non-calibrated. Soft or rigid. 1ul or 10ul. Whatever you need!
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When ordering our disposable SpeedSteaks, don’t forget our famous LoopCaddy for the ultimate in ease of dispensing….
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Hardy Announces…
New Antibiotics

Hardy will be the first to offer these new antibiotic disks for Kirby-Bauer testing.




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These new antibiotic disks will be available in January of 2016.
Click here for our complete catalog of products for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing.
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Hardy offers a complete line of transport media for specimens to be cultured anaerobically. The rubber septum tubes can be inoculated using a needle if desired. They are available with or without collection swabs. 

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View all our anaerobic supplies.

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Clinical Microbiology Seminar in Palm Springs


Join us for a full day of an exciting and informative seminar that will keep you updated on current issues in clinical microbiology. Our teacher is Paul Schreckenberger, PhD.  Our venue couldn’t be better – the warm and sunny Palm Springs, CA.

Palm Springs
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A brain is a terrible 
thing to waste.

Put it to use here


“The Post-It”

Here is the amazing sequence of events that led to the marketing of the famous Post-It notes…

1968 – Spencer Silver, a chemist at 3M, while attempting to create a strong adhesive for the space industry, failed in his experiments. Instead he created a weak bonding material, called Acrylate Copolymer Microspheres. The failed experiment was forgotten for the next 5 years, despite Silver’s attempts to find a use for it.
1973 – Silver finally convinced his superiors at 3M to create a bulletin board coated with his new substance. It was briefly considered but then rejected, since the market for bulletin boards was considered to be too small.
1977 – Art Fry, another chemical engineer at 3M, sang in his church choir. He was frustrated in that he kept losing scraps of paper that were used to mark the pages in the hymnal. When he heard about Silver’s substance, he began to try it out by affixing it to small pieces of paper.  At this time, 3M decided to test it out at different locations. It was called “Press ‘n Peel.” It flopped.
1978 – Not willing to give up, 3M marketers decided to give it one more try in Boise, Idaho. They gave away massive quantities of the note pads to residents, producing a 90% success rate. 
1980 – After 12 years of rejection, the Post-It, as we know it, was finally released for sale, and is now one of the top five selling office products. 
Why was it sold on yellow paper? Because the 3M lab next to the one that developed the Post-It had an abundance of yellow scrap paper!

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Ready for Clean Room Use!

Hardy introduces the new ReadyRack, a novel way to introduce culture media into a clean room. The tubes and rack  are dust and particle free, and can be sprayed down with alcohol before use. 
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Thioglycollate ReadyRack
TSB ReadyRack
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All formats available…


Hardy offers a complete selection of microorganisms for your QC program. These MBL organisms are licensed derivatives from ATCC. They are available in the swab or pellet format; qualitative or quantitative. Order from Hardy for immediate service and delivery.
View the entire catalog online.
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Think about it…
The Thinker

* If a person with multiple personalities threatens suicide is that considered a hostage situation?

* Just think how much deeper the ocean would be if sponges didn’t live there.

* If a cow laughed, would milk come out her nose?

* Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?

* If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from? 

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New Year’s
Benjamin Franklin 2

At the age of 20 (in 1726) the young Benjamin Franklin created the following list of virtues to help develop his character…

  1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  2. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  3. Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
  6. Industry. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  7. Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
  11. Tranquility. Be not disturbed at trifles or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  12. Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
  13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
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  • Is celebrating its 35th year of serving microbiologists.
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  • Offers you detailed technical inserts, comprised of over 4,500 pages of information regarding microbiology.
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Micro Musings…

“What’s happened to us, George? I remember when you used look at me that way.”

Can we keep up with resistance?

Could this be 
the next superbug?


Hint: It’s a Gram negative diplococcus


What’s in your gut?
Can your intestinal microbiome predict your chance of getting colon cancer?
The new pick-up line is no longer “What’s your sign?” People are now asking each other “What’s your Enterotype?”

In the April 2011 issue of Nature, research scientist Peer Bork and his colleagues at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany introduced their discovery of the three human bacterial ecosystems known as Enterotypes. Their findings were based upon metagenomics analyses of 22 fecal specimens collected from subjects from four European countries and concluded that the microbiomes of these individuals demonstrated varying abundance of three main contributing bacteria. The three Enterotypes include Type 1, Type 2, and Type 3 which are classified by the prevalence of these bacteria.

The Type 1 Enterotype is characterized by high prevalence of Bacteroides, Type 2 is densely populated with Prevotella yet Bacteroides can be found in small quantities. Lastly, Type 3 has a high prevalence of Ruminococcus

Furthermore, it was found that each Enterotype contributes to production of specific enzymes that help synthesize particular vitamins. For example, Enterotype 1 produces more enzymes for the synthesis of biotin while Enterotype 2 influences the synthesis of thiamine.

From the subjects tested, it appeared that Enterotypes may be grouped by the nutrients they generally process from the food we eat.

For example, Bacteroides mainly process carbohydrates and were thereby found in abundance in individuals whose long-term diets were rich in carbohydrates and plant material. Prevotella mainly degrade mucins and Ruminococcus process mucins and sugars, which were found in individuals that ate large amounts of animal protein and fats. The native Africans studied had diets rich in fiber and plant material and had intestinal flora that was dominated by Prevotella spp. Whereas in African Americans Bacteroides spp dominate. Other studies show that Bacteroides is associated with an increased risk of colon cancer. This difference in diet and gut microbiome may explain why Americans have 50 times the rate of colon cancer than Africans.


Colorectal Cancer

More recent studies have shown that the boundaries between the Enterotypes are more continuous than discrete, meaning that while some regions of an individual’s microbiome may be densely populated with a certain bacteria, there are sparsely populated regions in between that consist of other bacteria. The main contributors tend to be Bacteroides, Prevotella, and Ruminococcus with co-occurring genera such as Lactobacillus and Helicobacter

The implications of studies including Enterotypes and co-occurring genera are immense. With more data, reflecting the diversity of our world, microbiome-related research can be powerful in designing personalized diets and therapies based on an individual’s microbiome.

Nasim Delavari
Technical Support Representative at Hardy Diagnostics

Arumugam, Raes M. “Enterotyes of the Human Gut Microbiome.”
Nature. Nature, 20 Apr. 2011. Web. 15 Dec. 2015. 
“Enterotyping Tutorials.” European Molecular Biology Lab. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2015.
Greger, Michael. “What’s Your Gut Microbiome Enterotype?” Nutrition Facts. N.p., 11 Dec. 2015. Web. 15 Dec. 2015. 
Keim, Brandon. “Gut-Bacteria Mapping Finds Three Global Varieties.” Wired. N.p., 20 Apr. 201. Web. 15 Dec. 2015. 
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Optical oddities… 

 Hallucinating in the Shower?
See the gray dots in the grout?
They are not really there!

  “Believe half of what you see

and none of what you hear.”

 ~ Marvin Gaye ~    


“I can prove anything by statistics 
except the truth.”
George Canning
“In ancient times, they had no statistics, 
so they had to fall back on lies.”
Stephen Leacock
“There are lies, damned lies and statistics.”
Mark Twain
“It is the mark of a truly intelligent person 
to be moved by statistics.”
George Bernard Shaw
“If your experiment needs statistics, 
you ought to have done a better experiment.”
Ernest Rutherford
Facts are stubborn, 
but statistics are more pliable.
Mark Twain
“You cannot feed the hungry on statistics.”
David Lloyd George

Statistics About Statistics




Find more 

of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor. 

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Pun Zone Ahead
I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.


A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said:“Keep off the Grass”


The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.


Chocolate makes clothes shrink.

Happy New Year!
Contributed by Cindy Green. 
Photo from Togus VA Hospital, Maine

Speak Your Mind!
but ride a fast horse…

We wish you a 
and Prosperous 
New Year!

from your friends at
Hardy Diagnostics

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Jay Hardy, CLS, SM(NRCM)