Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

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Document and Entity Information
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2012
Jul. 31, 2012
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name SANGAMO BIOSCIENCES INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0001001233  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2012  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   52,745,175