siRecords: an extensive database of mammalian siRNAs with efficacy ratings

Bioinformatics. 2006 Apr 15;22(8):1027-8. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btl026. Epub 2006 Jan 28.


Short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) have been gaining popularity as the gene knock-down tool of choice by many researchers because of the clean nature of their workings as well as the technical simplicity and cost efficiency in their applications. We have constructed siRecords, a database of siRNAs experimentally tested by researchers with consistent efficacy ratings. This database will help siRNA researchers develop more reliable siRNA design rules; in the mean time, siRecords will benefit experimental researchers directly by providing them with information about the siRNAs that have been experimentally tested against the genes of their interest. Currently, more than 4100 carefully annotated siRNA sequences obtained from more than 1200 published siRNA studies are hosted in siRecords. This database will continue to expand as more experimentally tested siRNAs are published.

Availability: The siRecords database can be accessed at

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Abstracting and Indexing / methods
  • Databases, Genetic*
  • Gene Silencing*
  • Gene Targeting / methods*
  • Internet
  • Natural Language Processing*
  • PubMed*
  • RNA, Small Interfering / classification*
  • RNA, Small Interfering / genetics*


  • RNA, Small Interfering