Staphylococcus aureus is an intimidating and challenging bacterium. It is responsible for a wide variety of human maladies, from annoying skin pimples to deadly meningitis. It’s pervasive and numerous strains have evolved antibiotic resistance, but perhaps most famously the “superbug” MRSA (methicillin-resistant S. aureus). While the arms race to fight them off continues, an international team of scientists has found a potential way to reduce the damage from infection. This could improve survival chances of patients with serious infections like pneumonia or the potentially fatal toxic shock syndrome.