Protein-mediated membrane fission has been analyzed both in bulk and at the single event resolution. Studies on membrane fission in vitro using tethers have provided fundamental insights into the process but are low in throughput. In recent years, supported membrane template (SMrT) have emerged as a facile and convenient assay system for membrane fission. SMrTs provide useful information on intermediates in the pathway to fission and are therefore high in content. They are also high in throughput because numerous fission events can be monitored in a single experiment. This review discusses the utility of SMrTs in providing insights into fission pathways and its adaptation to annotate membrane fission functions in proteins.

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