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To order or inquire about this service, please contact the NIH IT Service Desk.

Service Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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The Mascot search engine uses mass spectrometry data to identify proteins from primary sequence databases. The CIT-managed Mascot server provides a centralized, shared resource with updated databases, and allows NIH researchers to run Mascot searches directly on the NIH Mascot website or by using the Mascot daemon on a desktop PC.

Customer Benefits

MASCOT provides centralized management, software and management costs shared across ICs, updated databases, and the ability to create lab/group-specific databases.

Customer Market

This service is available to all NIH customers.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How do I download raw Mascot search output?
A: NIH Mascot users who want to download their raw Mascot search output on a regular basis will need a Helix Systems account. Once you have a Helix account, please contact and request this service.
Q: How many simultaneous Mascot jobs can I submit at one time?
A: Users should not submit more than one job at a time. If the Mascot server is overloaded, it will take much longer than normal to process all the jobs.
Q: How do I find out more about Mascot?
A: You can see the Mascot home page at or contact


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This page last reviewed: March 09, 2011