Some say Christopher Columbus brought syphilis back with him from the Americas. But was the so-called "French Disease" already in Europe by the time of his return?
Biology PhD candidate Katherine Wright cracks open this epidemiological cold case in a short but captivating piece currently featured at The Guardian. The article was selected from more than 600 entries as the winner from the category "for professional scientists of postgraduate level and above." The piece serves as a fantastic example of how modern scientific understanding can help demystify history's most notorious cases of widespread death and disease.