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July, 2015

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Looking for anaerobes? Hardy’s AnaeroGRO product line offers pre-reduced plated media for superior recovery of anaerobes. 
The plates are packaged in foil bags that have been flushed with nitrogen gas. Each bag includes a desiccant and an oxygen scavenger.
See the entire anaerobe product line.
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Food and Beverage Microbiology

If you are in the food and beverage industry, Hardy has a mini catalog just for you. This catalog contains thousands of products for the microbiological examination of food. 
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Rapid MGP

Rapid MGP  

Hardy’s Rapid MGP will assist in differentiating pathogenic from non-pathogenic Enterococcus species. A positive result (yellow) indicates that the species is either E. gallinarum or
E. casseliflavus. A negative (blue) indicates the potential pathogens of E. faecium or
E. faecalis. 

View a short video that demonstrates the procedure.

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Mental stimulation keeps 
the mind sharp. 
Stop Alzheimer’s here

“No such thing 
as a free lunch”
This popular saying goes back to the 1930s. It was inspired from the common practice of bars and saloons to offer a free lunch with the purchase of a drink. The food tended to be very salty (ham, cheese, salted crackers), thus stimulating future purchases.

The phrase gained popularity when used in several libertarian publications in the 1960s and 1970s. The free-market economist, Milton Friedman, increased its popularity by using it to title his book in 1975.


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A 50 cent solution…


Paper Microscopes?




Can a microscope be created from folded paper like an origami project? Manu Prakash has created such a microscope that costs only 50 cents in materials. These robust paper microscopes can be used in the field in developing nations to diagnose disease.


View a 10 minute video to find out how he did it.

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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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For growth promotion studies…

EZ Accushot

Do you preform growth promotion studies in your lab? If you do, you will want to try out MBL’s EZ Accushot. It provides a known number of bacteria for your growth promotion verification at a reasonable price! 
View a short video that explains the advantages.
See the brochure.


Think about it…



The Thinker



* If non-fictional books are real, then why are they written by someone else?


* Why do you park in a driveway and drive in a parkway?


* Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?

* Why do we play in recitals and recite in plays?


* Why isn’t phonetic spelled the way it sounds?



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Wisdom to ponder…
Isaac Newton


1642  ~  1726


English physicist who first mathematically described the  laws of motion and gravity.



“To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.”


“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” 


“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.” 


“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”


“What goes up must come down.” 


“Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.”


“Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.


“In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone 

would convince me of 

God’s existence.” 


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  • Services over 10,000 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…

Travel Warnings from the CDC…

How to stay healthy when traveling 

Find out how…


Optical oddities… 

Beautiful parrot…right?
Scroll to the bottom of this column 
to find out what it really is…

  “Believe half of what you see

and none of what you hear.”

 ~ Marvin Gaye ~    


The Rise of Superbugs
Facts about the 
predicament we are in, 
and how we got there…
  • Penicillin was first prescribed almost 75 years ago.
  • Unrestrained use of antibiotics has sickened at least 2.25 million Americans each year and killed 37,000.
  • MRSA and other resistant bacteria infect at least 2 million people in the U.S. annually, killing at least 23,000.
  • CRE (carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae), which when it gets into the bloodstream kills almost 50 percent of hospital patients who are infected.
  • At least 250,000 people per year become sickened with Clostridium difficile infections linked to antibiotic use. 14,000 will die. 
  • About 80 percent of the antibiotics in the U.S. are fed to chickens, cows, and other food animals in order to prevent disease, but mostly to speed their growth and put on weight rapidly.
  • In 1946 feeding antibiotics to farm animals was shown to speed their weight gain.
  • In 1947 penicillin-resistant infections reported.

  • American Medical Association, found that doctors who attended a one-hour session on guidelines for treating common upper-respiratory tract infections and then received feedback on their prescribing habits, cut their use of broad-spectrum antibiotics almost in half. Inappropriate prescriptions for sinus infections and pneumonia were cut by 50 to 75 percent.
  • A recent study showed the doctors were more likely to prescribe needless antibiotics for viral infections toward the end of their office hours.
  • Almost one in five emergency-room visits for drug side effects stem from antibiotics in children.
  • Most ear infections improve on their own in two to three days even without antibiotics, especially in children two or older.
  • Conjunctivitis usually stems from a virus or an allergy, not bacteria; thus antibiotics are ineffective. Even when bacteria are responsible, pinkeye usually goes away by itself within ten days.
  • CRE was first reported in North Carolina in 2001. As of this year, 48 states have reported infections.

  • In the 1980s, 29 new antibiotics were approved; another 23 were approved during the 1990s. However, only nine new drugs made it to market from 2000-2010.
  • In 2011, the Chief Scientist for a major pharmaceutical company stated that his research group was instructed by top management to never work on any drugs that would affect a cure. Instead they were told to only work on drugs for long term treatment of chronic disease. 

  • In 2012, the FDA began to fast-track certain antibiotics and told drug makers that patent protection on the drugs would last an additional five years. Since then, 49 new drugs have entered the pipeline’s fast lane, and six have been approved.

Ref:, and Consumer Reports, August, 2015

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playing with penicillin treatment is morally responsible for the death of the man who succumbs to infection with the penicillin-resistant organism.



I hope this evil 

can be averted.”


Alexander Fleming

discoverer of penicillin in 1928


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View an intriguing TED Talk 

on the alarming rise of antibiotic resistance 

and what we can do about it.






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Find more 

of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor. 

Want to book Leigh as a speaker at your next event? 


“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”  


Note: This popular quote has been attributed to many people, among them are Dr. Seuss, Mother Teresa, and John Lennon.


Emerging Resistance


Pun Zone Ahead


  • He drove his expensive car into a light pole to see how his Mercedes bends.
  • Hear about the frog whose car broke down? He had to get toad. 
  • Did you hear about the guy who lost his left side? It’s OK, he’s all right now. 
  • Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.
  • He often broke into song, because he couldn’t find the key.
  • Two hats on a hat rack. One said to the other, “You stay here, I’ll go on ahead.”

So you think this culture is a joke?

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Compact Dry


What is Compact Dry 

and what are the advantages?
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The photo of the apparent parrot above turns out to be a woman with body paint. Johannes Stoetter, who live in Italy, created this work of art on this female model in four hours. It took another hour to position her on the wood stump.