I am one of the creators of the first "synthetic" bacterial cell. AMA
More specifically, I am one of the authors of this paper. I was primarily involved in the assembly of the synthetic genome. I will answer your questions to the best of my ability, and to the extent of which I am allowed to discuss these things.
Edit: gold star achieved, as promised.
Edit2: Getting late, have work tomorrow. Upvote the best questions and I'll get to them as soon as I can.
Edit3: Keep em coming! I'll continue to answer questions as long as there is interest.
Edit4: I have been busted by a co-worker. Reddit, two of the scientists behind this work are amongst you.