Use of DMSO in medicine dates from around 1963, when an Oregon Health & Science University Medical School team, headed by Stanley Jacob, discovered it could penetrate the skin and other membranes without damaging them and could carry other compounds into a biological system.
How does this work? Is there a term for this property? Can DMSO transport molecules through other barriers? What are the limitations on which compounds DMSO can transport? Which other compounds share this property with DMSO?