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									October 12, 2005

Edward O. Lanphier II
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Sangamo Biosciences, Inc.
501 Canal Boulevard, Suite A100
Richmond, CA 94804

Re:  	Sangamo Biosciences, Inc.
      Form 10-K for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2004
      Filed February 23, 2005
      File Number:  000-30171

Dear Mr. Lanphier:

      We have reviewed your filing and have the following comment.
We have limited our review of your filing to the issue we have
addressed in our comment.  In our comment, we ask you to provide
with additional information so we may better understand your
disclosure.  After reviewing this information, we may raise
additional comments.

	Please understand that the purpose of our review process is
assist you in your compliance with the applicable disclosure
requirements and to enhance the overall disclosure in your filing.
We look forward to working with you in these respects.  We welcome
any questions you may have about our comments or on any other
of our review.  Feel free to call us at the telephone numbers
at the end of this letter.

Form 10-K for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2004

Financial Statements, page 48

2.  Major Customers, Partnerships and Strategic Alliances, page 60

1. In the last paragraph of this note you discuss a license
with the University of Utah that obligates you to make milestone
payments based on the development of the licensed technology.
explain to us why you did not include the aggregate amounts and
key events that might obligate you to make these payments under
terms of this agreement in this note and where you discuss this
agreement in other portions of the document such as on page 20
the heading "The University of Utah."  Also explain to us why you
not include this and other potential milestone obligations where
discuss contractual obligations on page 46.

* * * *

	Please provide us the additional information requested within
business days or tell us when you will provide us with a response.
Please furnish a cover letter with your response that keys your
response to our comment.  Detailed cover letters greatly
our review.  Please file your letter on EDGAR under the form type
label CORRSEP.

	We urge all persons who are responsible for the accuracy and
adequacy of the disclosure in the filing to be certain that the
filing includes all information required under the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934 and that they have provided all information
investors require for an informed investment decision.  Since the
company and its management are in possession of all facts relating
a company`s disclosure, they are responsible for the accuracy and
adequacy of the disclosures they have made.

	In connection with responding to our comment, please provide,
writing, a statement from the company acknowledging that:

* the company is responsible for the adequacy and accuracy of the
disclosure in the filing;
* staff comments or changes to disclosure in response to staff
comments do not foreclose the Commission from taking any action
respect to the filing; and
* the company may not assert staff comments as a defense in any
proceeding initiated by the Commission or any person under the
federal securities laws of the United States.

	In addition, please be advised that the Division of
has access to all information you provide to the staff of the
Division of Corporation Finance in our review of your filing or in
response to our comments on your filing.

      You may contact Vanessa Robertson, Staff Accountant, at
551-3649 or Jim Atkinson, Accounting Branch Chief, at (202) 551-
if you have any questions regarding the comments.  In this regard,
not hesitate to contact me, at (202) 551-3679.


								Jim B. Rosenberg
Senior Assistant Chief Accountant




Edward Lanphier
Sangamo Biosciences, Inc.
October 12, 2005
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