"I was involved in a cloning project. .. to send me into outer space along with a lot of other people. Not the whole me - just a hair from my head, while I still had some. I would thus pop up in another galaxy in the distant future."
Both Niven and Pournelle are Heinlein fans; they may well have remembered this one from RAH novels.
For the earliest example of this piece of technovelgy, see cider press, from Double Star, by Robert Heinlein.
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