What is the spinal cord and what does it do?
The spinal cord is made up of bundles of nerves and nerve cells that carry messages from your brain to the different parts of your body. The spinal cord runs from the base of the brain all the way down to the waist. It is protected by your backbone, the bony rings in your back (called vertebra) that make up the spinal column (also called the vertebral column or spine).
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