SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY FUTURE DIRECTIONS / Synthetic Biology offers new ways for engineering new biological systems or re-designing existing ones for useful purposes. It is a disruptive technology at the heart of the so-called Bioeconomy, capable of delivering new solutions to global healthcare, but also in many other fields like agriculture, manufacturing, and environmental challenges. Not long ago, in May 2010, a team of scientists led by Craig Venter achieved a synthetic biology milestone by designing the genes for a new type of bacteria and implanting them in a bacterial shell that had its genome removed. The empty cell behaved like a factory programmed with human-designed genetic code. It was the first living being to escape the evolutionary tree, with a computer-programmed genome synthesized by chemical compounds, implanted in a cell, and subsequently multiplied under the control of that artificial genetic code. It opened the way to extraordinary developments in biology and medicine that are starting to blossom now. But we have a lot of work ahead. This quick_note tries to systematize the progressive steps in our quest to design “therapeutic life” #quick_notes_lp