The article avoids several points of biology and organic chemistry though. For one thing, a virus manufactured from existing proteins is fairly easy in concept and can still be called "synthetic," just like synthetic lubricants. There are several right and left-handed versions of simple proteins in DNA polypeptide chains which we cannot duplicate in the laboratory, nor can we explain how they could be created outside of a living cell. If they had pulled that one off, the announcement would have been a little louder.
There's also the question of a virus as a life form. Science has never classified it as such, since it is acellular and cannot reproduce or really function in of itself. Its little more than stray genetic material, or loose proteins. To me this looks more like genetic manipulation than creation, which we've already done before. Alter a gene or three to mimic a virus, and pop, out it comes. Hooray!
We've already modified viruses and carrier proteins to change DNA for gene therapy (remember that breakthrough?), so this isn't so earthshaking. I find the "Creation of Artificial Life" title is applied a little loosely on this one.
In short, the all-powerful God is still necessary...unless Guiness is sitting on some kind of organic chemistry secret he hasn't shared