The December issue of IUBMB Life is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of FAOBMB (the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists), which was founded in 1972. At its foundation, the Federation consisted of only three national biochemical societies, and has now grown
to incorporate 20 Biochemical and Molecular Biology Societies within the Asian and Oceanic regions. Included in this special issue is a long and very informative article (written by Prof. Phillip Nagley et al.) on the 50-year history of FAOBMB.