Synthetic biology changes our lives as profoundly as the internet did. As you remember, self-taught hackers and gamers contributed to the development of the latter. We see history repeating - Many breakthrough innovations in synthetic biology come from ordinary people - from self-taught biologists and chemists.
Synthetic biology is a new scientific field that brings together engineers, physicists, molecular biologists and chemists in order to use engineering principles to connect bio-molecular components - genes, proteins and other components - to form structures and networks. These updated structures are supposed to reprogram living organisms, giving them new properties.
Chicken eggs that will never give a life to a chicken, but come with an almost-ready omelette inside (only a pinch of salt needed!); meat with certain dietary properties that can be obtained without the slaughter of animals.
We have animal-spies, whose hearing and vision is transmitted to a micro-screen - these are just some of the possible "products" of synthetic biology.