Neil deGrasse Tyson on Sway in the Morning.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Sway in the Morning.

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In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I reprise Neil deGrasse Tyson and consider what he does not know about biology. I assess a segment from an XM program called Sway in the Morning wherein Tyson reveals he does not know how long human gestation takes.

Dr. Jonathan Latham, molecular biologist and editor of Independent Science News.

Dr. Jonathan Latham, molecular biologist and editor of Independent Science News.

It turns out that a few days ago, The New York Times exposed how Monsanto recruited various academic scientists and professors to shill for how safe GMO crops are.

But then the web publication Independent Science News exposed what the Times left out of the story. It turns out that the connections run much deeper and into the 10s of millions of dollars. Tyson is not named in either of these reports but he sure does fit the pattern.

I interview the editor of Independent Science News, Dr. Jonathan Latham, a molecular biologist trained in how to genetically modify things.

The rest of the program is dedicated to astrology — the Virgo partial solar eclipse of Sept. 13, Jupiter opposite Neptune, Saturn square Neptune and other aspects.

My musical guest is the Philadelphia-based folk ensemble Maggi, Pierce and EJ, who I first encountered one evening in London.