This commentary on the article “Relative affinity of angiotensin peptides and novel ligands at AT1 and AT2 receptors” by Sanja Bosnyak et al. (Clini. Sci. (Lond.) (2011) 121(7): 297–303. https://doi.org/10.1042/CS20110036) summarises the main findings of the study, followed by a discussion of the findings and their relevance for various aspects of the biology of receptors of the renin-angiotensin system in the context of the current state of knowledge.