At the most sci-fi end of synthetic biology is the idea of synthetic life – entirely novel organisms produced from scratch using molecular building blocks.
This reminds me of a widely circulated statement (may be an apocryphal) by R.B. Woodward who received the Nobel Prize (1965) for the organic synthesis. In response to a question: "Will you next synthesize life". He replied: "I am quite happy with the way it is presently done".
But in the year 2010 Craig Venter and his team made the breakthrough.