Wikipedia:WikiProject Molecular Biology/Genetics/Assessment

Welcome to the assessment department of the Genetics WikiProject! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Genetics articles. The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Genetics}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Genetics articles by quality and Category:Genetics articles by importance.

Frequently asked questionsEdit

How do I add an article to the WikiProject?
Just add {{WikiProject Genetics}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
How can I get my article rated?
Please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
Who can assess articles?
Anybody is free to add—or change—the rating of an article.
Where can I get more comments about my article?
Please use the main project discussion page and make a request there.
What if I don't agree with a rating?
You can list it in the section for assessment requests below, and someone will take a look at it. Alternately, you can ask any member of the project to rate the article again.
Aren't the ratings subjective?
Yes, they are (see, in particular, the disclaimers on the importance scale), but it's the best system we've been able to devise; if you have a better idea, please don't hesitate to let us know!
How can I keep track of changes in article ratings?
A full log of changes over the past thirty days is available here. If you are just looking for an overview, however, the statistics or article listings may be more accessible.

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department.


An article's assessment is generated from the class and importance parameters in the {{WikiProject Genetics}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Genetics|class=|importance=}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter:

Articles for which a valid class is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Genetics articles. The class should be assigned according to the quality scale below.

The following values may be used for the importance parameter:

The importance should be assigned according to the importance scale below.

Quality scaleEdit

Importance scaleEdit

The purpose of the importance rating is to direct the project's article improvement efforts towards the most important articles. The criteria used for rating article importance are not meant to be an absolute or canonical view of how significant the topic is. Rather, they attempt to gauge the probability that the average reader of Wikipedia will look up the topic (and thus the immediate need to have a suitably well-written article on it). Thus, subjects with greater popular notability may be rated higher than topics that are arguably more "important" but which are of interest primarily to a student or researcher.

Article importance grading scheme
Rating Criteria Examples
Top Subject is extremely important, even crucial, to the field of genetics. The average reader should know about the subject. It is well studied at high school level, or has substantial recognition in the non-scientific community and in lay media. Very few articles achieve this rating. DNA or
Genetic engineering
High Subject is clearly notable and likely to be interesting to the average reader, if not already known. High school students may have some familiarity, or else early undergraduate students should be very familiar with the subject. Well-known diseases should be considered noteworthy too, because members of the general public often seek information. Few articles should achieve this rating. Gregor Mendel or Allele or
Cystic fibrosis
Mid Subject is well-established in genetics research and undergraduate study. Most major subdisciplines of genetics are included in this rating, as well as some subjects that are notable outside the scientific community. However, the subject is not generally known to the average reader. Epigenetics or
Kay Davies
Low Article covers a very specific area of genetics or genetics research, or is loosely associated with genetics. The subject is not generally known to many undergraduate students, and generally receives no recognition outside the scientific community. This includes most geneticists, individual genes, and gene technologies. Impalefection or
X hyperactivation
NA This label is used for all pages that are not articles, such as templates, categories, and disambiguation pages. (To mark an article as "needs assessment" or "not assessed," simply leave the importance parameter empty.) Category:Genetics stubs

Requesting an assessmentEdit

If you would like an article assessed by another editor or if you would like a previous article assessment reviewed, please list the article below.

  • Restriction map- it needs a better diagram, but the text may be adequate. Does the wiki community agree?
Assessed as C-class and Mid-importance, per above criteria. Liveste (talkedits) 09:29, 14 December 2008 (UTC)
Assessed as Start-class Low-importance Jebus989 18:50, 16 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Transposon: this page should be renamed into "Transposable element" (TE), and properly distinguish "DNA transposons" (class II TEs) from "retrotranspsons" (class I TEs), as it is now common in the scientific community.[1] I would also add that this topic needs to be assessed. I can participate as I know quite a bit about TEs, but I don't know the adequate procedure. Wfoolhill (talk) 16:48, 7 May 2011 (UTC)
Assessed C-class, High importance. This page does distinguish the two types of transposable element, but there may be enough material (with expansion) to allow separate articles. The article talk page is the best place to develop consensus about the name change though (name change has already been suggested here) Jebus989 18:57, 16 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Heritability especially the twin studies section
Assessed C-class, High importance. Could be B class with better references and a tidy up Jebus989 13:55, 16 September 2011 (UTC)
  • De-extinction–New article, currently assessed stub class. Has 11 citations. --SamX 14:33, 29 June 2013 (UTC)
  • Proneural genes: This article was created today by NCD project (talk · contribs). I believe it is an excellent article (possibly meriting good article status), but I'm not a biologist or geneticist, so the technical details of the article are beyond me. I'd like to request a member of this team to assess the article, and if appropriate, move it on toward the good article review process. WikiDan61ChatMe!ReadMe!! 16:21, 27 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Molecular epidemiology: This article was created a few years ago, but has significant issues despite not being assessed for its quality class it's very clearly at a start class currently. In my opinion, the topic itself serves an increasingly important role within genetics and epidemiology alike and thus deserves an importance assessment. Perhaps it would qualify for mid-level importance? (Efuhrm (talk) 02:02, 13 December 2016 (UTC))
  • Codon usage bias: I've done some cleaning up, added a lot of wikilinks to important concepts, and added an image and some citations. I also upgraded the article to B-class, please confer. {{u|waddie96}} {talk} 20:06, 22 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Hachimoji DNA: Not really important and definitely much less important than other similarly assessed articles X5163x (talk) 03:13, 3 February 2022 (UTC)


  1. ^ "A unified classification system for eukaryotic transposable elements". Nature Reviews Genetics. 2007.