Consciousness, genopsych and will are three different but inter connected properties of all living systems.
Darwin’s theory of evolution survived for more than 150 years mainly because of its robustness. He explained  the process of evolution of species through natural selection a two step mechanism. The first step is that a living organism produces variant [types] off springs. Some of these variant types that best fit into the environment survive. That is the environment selects the fittest and the organism itself has no role in the selection and in other words the organism’s experience with the environment has no role in the production of variant types. Variant types are produced randomly. Thus, it also leads to the idea that “acquired characters [by the organism from the environment] are not inherited [to the variant types]”. Further  the process of evolution is not preprogrammed but has directionality.
The immediate corollary of Natural Selection is that organisms are self programmed as the process of evolution is neither preprogrammed nor the programming of evolution is influenced by the environment. The programs that build the organism are of course in the genome of the organism. Thus we can conclude that the genome is self programmed. The duality  of the program and the programmer collapses if a system is self programmable. The self programmability of genome is a specific property which may be termed  as genopsych. A system can’t be self programmable if it is not aware of itself which in other words is “a system should be conscious of itself if the system is self programmable”.
Thus genome should be conscious of itself if it is self programmed. We know  in the case of higher organism the genome contains higher per cent of A-T pairs than more thermodynamically stable G-C pairs and it requires a conscious effort to maintain such state. Obviously genome has some form of consciousness.
Prof. JC Bose argued  for the unity of life and believed that plants are not much different from animals. He particularly explored the internal stimulus of will and the responses of living organism to both external and internal stimuli. Apparently living systems are guided by internal stimulus of will.
Summing up it is pertinent to note that genopsych, consciousness and will are specific properties of living systems and these properties need to be studied together as they are interlinked. Conscious systems [living things] may defy physical laws at their will. For example a conscious bird flies upwards against gravity at its will, defying the laws of Newton where as an unconscious bird will remain on the ground obeying Newton’s laws of motion. A conscious fish swims into the water defying the principle of Archimedes and floats on water obeying Archimedes principle, when it loses consciousness say upon mild electrocution. The moment the fish regains consciousness it swims back into the waters.
The real task before science is quantification and measurement of genopsych, consciousness and free will instead of denying the very existence [5, 6] of these properties. If it is not for these properties what is the difference between the living and the dead? Alternatively one may conclude  that life is a defunct theory.
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Brain: Organized bio matter located in the head. May be viewed as bio hard ware.
Mind: The self programmability of Brain. In other words self operating soft ware of the brain. Placebo effect is an example of the operation of Mind.
DNA: Hard ware of the genome where genetic programmes are recorded.
Genopsych: self programmability of genome. In a way mind is the extension/ periphery of genopsych.
Free will: Free will is what causes a change in the genopsych or a change in the mind. In other words free will is the ability to change genopsych/mind.
Consciousness: essentially self awareness in terms of I – ness, Here – ness and Now – ness.