In 1978, J.B. Lippincott Company published as fact a story previously told only as science fiction: the tale of an eccentric, wealthy businessman longing for a son -- but not exactly a son. Instead, the California millionaire in his twilight years is looking for more than an heir: he is looking for a clone of himself.
In His Image: The Cloning of a Man is science writer David Rorvik's account of his involvement in the search for a doctor willing to traverse the uncharted territory of human cloning, and a whirlwind tale of the unusual cloning procedure itself.
At the time of publication, readers were immediately intrigued by the book not only because of its subject matter, but also because it was authored by someone seemingly in the know: a former science and medicine reporter for Time. But despite its best-selling status, the book was released into a storm of controversy and often panned, or ignored, by a scientific community whose members doubted the validity of Rorvik's story.
Now, however, with news that Scottish scientists have cloned a mammal, the very community that shunned Rorvik's claims is embracing the new technology and delighting in its simplicity. So might Rorvik's story not have been a hoax? Does the birth of Dolly, a cloned sheep, lend validity to the claims of a cloned human set forth between the covers of In His Image?
Here, only in the pages of OMNI, is the story behind the story, written by David Rorvik himself. After issuing a blanket "no comment" to other publications interested in his opinion of the breakthrough by Roslin Institute scientists, the offer from OMNI was the first invitation he felt "even remotely tempted" to answer. In this OMNI exclusive, read Rorvik's defense of In His Image and his opinions of the state of cloning today.
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