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Exploitation of recombinant organisms for the large-scale, commercial production of foreign proteins is often hampered by the problem of plasmid instability. A wide range of strategies have been reported for improving the stability of recombinant organisms. A combination of manipulating both the genetic design of recombinants and the conditions of culturing the organisms may be used to achieve stable host-vector associations during culture of recombinant organisms in bioreactors.