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One Million users supporting folding@home now

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Folding@Home has officially reached well over one million users worldwide in just under a year since its inception.  If you’re a mathematical genius, you’ll figure that out to 3,000 users per day or even down to 2 new users per minute.  We’re guessing this number is ever increasing as the PlayStation 3 install based grows even larger.

"Since partnering with SCEI, we have seen our research capabilities increase by leaps and bounds through the continued participation of Folding@home users," said Vijay Pande, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University and Folding@home project lead. "Now we have over one million PS3 users registered for Folding@home, allowing us to address questions previously considered impossible to tackle computationally, with the goal of finding cures to some of the world's most life-threatening diseases. We are grateful for the extraordinary worldwide participation by PS3 and PC users around the globe."

Folding@home is currently aiming to understand how folding and misfolding can directly affect diseases and certain forms of cancer.  Back when folding@home was first created using PC’s, it would take 100,000 of them to equal the power of just 10,000 PS3’s.  This can only further demonstrate the contribution that the community is offering to the research of these diseases.