|The fusion of membranes and vesicles is a very frequent process in all cells of our body. This process starts with two separate bilayer membranes, which are merged into a single one. A relatively simple way to induce this molecular reorganization is via membrane tension.  Recent simulation studies show that the corresponding fusion process is highly stochastic in nature and exhibits several tension-dependent energy barriers.    Optical microscopy with high temporal resolution has shown that the formation of a single fusion neck takes less than 50 microseconds.  Controlled fusion processes can be used to construct multi-domain vesicles  and to initiate the synthesis of nanoparticles in mesoscopic compartments .|
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