Nanomalaria joint unit group leader Xavier Fernàndez-Busquets is the author of a serialised post on Health ISGlobal, the blog of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.
The first installment traces malaria all the way back to the Jurassic era, speculating that Tyrannosaurus rex and its relatives might have suffered from the disease, and reflecting on the big names of antiquity that were in all probability been killed by the parasite, including Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan.
Read the first part here.
Part two here.
Part three here.