Computational Biology is a very strange interdiscipline. One might not imagine these two domains to intersect so neatly as they do.
In the past few years, computational biologists have begun to compose entire organisms gene by gene, protein by protein, just like writing computer code in practically the same environment.
Moreover, we are entering an age where algorithms/machine intelligences themselves can compose organisms, using automated methods.
We use machine intelligence to solve problems, by giving it the desired output, and allowing it to figure out the steps necessary to get there.
As it turns out, we can do something similar with life itself. By specifying the desired output 'Give me something that can turn x into y', machines can cultivate a protein, enzyme, or even a complete organism with that capability. As DNA is itself a polymer, tiny nanomachines and biological computers are today being constructed out of it.
Rather disconcertingly, as this process gets optimised, just about any determined individual or small team could potentially harness such technology, for all kinds of purposes. If one can spawn a deepfake video, one could more or less spawn a generative organism too, in theory.
Vast sums are now being invested in driving this technology forward. Few recognise the profound changes ongoing in this domain – it's too obscure for most to understand it easily, and thus it's off the radar. Synthbio can revolutionise our dependence on synthetic fertilizers, for example, or enable incredibly powerful terraforming technologies, not to mention medical techniques, and drug production and delivery mechanisms.
The benefits of Synthbio, as well as massive risks, are going to hit our society hard and fast, at a time when we are already reeling from co-ordination and trust issues, and are not prepared to handle it.
Science-fiction has long imagined ways in which humanity could 'play God', but rarely did we consider that we would engineer machines to play God on our lazy behalf.