There was not a white stiletto in sight at the Biochemical Society's meeting at the University of Essex. There were, however, plenty of incisive reports from the cutting edge of science. There were 119 presentations, 140 posters and three medal lectures, the Biochemical Society's Annual Symposium ‘Free Radicals: Enzymology Signalling and Disease’, one piper playing, a barbecue and free whisky.

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